Five Minute Friday: Because

Five Minute Friday: Because

The purpose of Five Minute Friday is to write on the posted topic from Kate Motaung for five minutes only, no editing.  Then post it to Kate’s website above.  It’s fun.  It’s easy.  It’s encouraging one another as Christian women.  It’s something I love to do.  Try it!


Why do I do this subbing thing? Because.

Why spend my days with hormonal 6th grade teens when I don’t have to?  Because.

Why work at a job with no benefits and barely over minimum wage?  Because.  It’s really not about the money.

Why do something with no status to it and one in which you are not a “real” teacher?  Because I love it.

It’s because of the young man who ran to me at the football game last night and hugged me because he was glad to see his teacher.  Then he proceeded to shake my husband’s hand and introduce himself to him.  I was proud to tell my man that this kid was one of the reasons I do what I do.

It’s because of the one who forever offers to help the new blind kid get from class to class and carries his books.

It’s because of the blind kid that jumped up from his seat to engulf me in a bear hug (without any warning!) just because I told him he could read his new braille book the last 10 minutes of class!  Because, me being blinded by my crazy day, I could never see that bear hug coming and I so needed it that day!  Thank you, God!

It’s because of the kids who look at you with a smile as they come into class and say they are praying for their teacher who is not there that day.  Yes, this generation prays.

It’s because my love of learning really is a love affair I’ve had all my life and I want it to be a disease that is catching.

It’s because there really are more good kids out there than the bad ones they promote on the news channel every evening.

Because this is a God given privilege that I don’t take lightly.

Because I’m so very grateful God chose me!


Written by Susan Choate

A beginner at almost everything, expert at nothing. Lover of Christ, my husband "Mr. Wonderful", family, travel, photography, DIY projects, and simple living.

  • Ah, beautiful post! Takes me back to my days of teaching and reminds me why I did it! It is such a rewarding career! 🙂 (Visiting here from Five Minute Friday.) 🙂

    • Susan Choate says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! From the first time I stepped foot into a classroom and into substitute teaching eight years ago, I knew I found one thing God had in mind for me. I do it in hopes of encouraging someone each day and at the end of the day I find that I’m the one that has found encouragement.

  • Olivia says:

    Beautiful post! I taught preschool for many years and agree – those kiddos fill you up, don’t they?! Visiting from FMF. Happy I stopped by!

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