So what did you think of our conversation with our very own gay Christian Yoda? I absolutely loved spending time with Mike, hearing his story, and being with his heart for love.
There were so many parts of Mike’s story that blew me away. Hearing the many stages of Mike’s coming out journey was both uncomfortable and comforting. It reminded me that once again, life is not binary and we don’t experience this journey in a straight line (no pun intended).
You are designed to be fully alive
Connecting with Mike affirmed that we were designed to live and be fully alive. We were not created to be dead humans walking. The number one way that we start living, is when we are faithful to how we are each individually designed from love. Our coming out process is about being faithful, authentic, and loving to ourselves. The more that we do this with ourselves, the more we can share this faithfulness and love with others.
The power of being seen
Hearing Mike share his journey of coming out in a professional setting at 50 I was also reminded of the real power that coming out, when you feel safe, can bring. When Mike shared the words “me too” in a counselling session with another gay man, the transformational power of being seen was experienced for both of them.
I loved Mike’s courage and vulnerability when he shared his truth about conversion therapy on stage during the ex-gay conference. “Your homosexuality can’t be converted!”