Written by on June 8, 2011

As a substitute teacher, each summer I complete paperwork for school districts, renewing my status as a sub for the following year.  The last several years I was unhappy with the task of filling out this paperwork because I felt I was resigning myself to a substandard job. That is, I wanted to be working as a contract classroom instructor, but had not landed a position after numerous interviews.  I felt hurt and rejected.  I was envious of those who landed teaching jobs in this tough economy.

But in the last year, there's been a paradigm shift. I now feel grateful that I'm able to pursue my passions of prayer and writing prime time, with the chance to work part-time in schools at my own pace. I am able to pray for people; to encourage them; to fan the flame of their giftedness through God's life and love.   When I filled the paperwork out this time, I found myself smiling and enthusiastically agreeing to sub again.

Instead of "resigning" myself to what felt like a disappointing career,  I "RE-SIGNED" – signed up again – with joy and enthusiasm, for this is what God has been calling me to do all along.

  1. Lynn (another one)   On   June 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Isn’t it incredible how the same word can be filled with new meaning? Thank you for renewing your commitment to His assignment and retelling the journey that put you at this post.

  2. ichthusman   On   June 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Great new attitude!

    I enjoyed subbing, but due Kansas education cuts, along with other parameters, I was not able to do it near as much. God opened another door of opportunity.

    Good luck into the 2011-2012 school year (even if it is a couple of months down the road)…Bloom Where You’re Planted!

  3. Cathy Cutrell   On   July 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Lynn – I am really enjoying your writings and how you share your heart. You’re a kindred spirit I’m sure to so many :-)! Your sister Kathy’s friend, Cathy.

    • Lynn Hare   On   July 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Hello Cathy, thanks for your kind words – and for being a kindred spirit! I appreciate hearing from you. Glad you could join my blog – I invite you to share insights here.

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