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Come out of the closet

by: Deborah Y. Pratt

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Recently multiple high profile athletes including NBA Player Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets and NCAA Division 1 Basket Ball player of the University of Massachusetts, Derrick Gordon, have ‘come out of the closet’ announcing to the world: family, friends and fans that they are ‘gay.’ 

While some of us may have our personal thoughts upon hearing such announcements, this article today is in no way intended to judge these persons but instead to encourage others to ‘come out of the closet’ in a different way.

There are many persons who are living their lives as if locked in a closet. They are afraid of showing their true self, hiding their gifts and talents from the world. It is time to ‘come out of the closet.’ God has blessed you with certain gifts and talents for you to shine for him in this world. When you keep your talents buried or hidden you are not serving the world as you should. As a quote from Marian Williamson in her book, A Return to love, says, “You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

It is said that this spiral of professional athletes coming out announcing that they are ‘gay’ is because they are being inspired by each other. As one comes out, it inspires another to do the same. How about us causing a spiral of persons to ‘come out of the closet’ showing off their gifts and talents to the world? As you step out, you may inspire someone in your circle to do the same. As the quote above by Marian Williamson says, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

According to an online article by Laura Marie Meyers, about gay professional athletes, Derrick Gordon of the University of Massachusetts, who ‘came out’ in April of this year as the first openly gay male NCAA Division 1 basketball player, said in a statement, “For my whole life I’ve been living my life as a lie. I am telling my story so that athletes never feel like they have to hide. You can be true to yourself and play the sport that you love.”

Many persons who ‘come out of the closet’ as it relates to their sexual preference remark about how free they feel. Like Gordon, they talk about living a lie for most of their lives and feeling a sense of relief when they make their announcement, being free to be themselves. Well, so it is for those persons who may be living a mundane life, going through their daily routine not feeling any sense of fulfillment. There is a deep nagging feeling nudging at your heart to begin living the life that God has purposed for you, to put your talents on display in the marketplace, to let your gifts “make room for you.” What are you waiting for? It is said that graveyards are the richest places on earth because of the many talents and dreams that are buried in them. Many talented persons have gone to the grave with so many great ideas, dreams that they never pursued while living, that could have possibly made a much better life for them. Are you going to be one of those statistics? It is time for you to ‘come out of the closet’.   

Lyrics from the song, “I’m Coming Out”, sung by Diana Ross, says:

“I’m coming out

I want the world to know

Got to let it show

I’m coming out

There’s a new me coming out

And I just have to live

And I just want to give

I’m completely positive

I think this time around

I am gonna do it

Like you never knew it

Oh, I’ll make it through

The time has come for me

To break out of the shell

I have to shout

That I’m coming out!”

Yes, the time has come for you to break out of your shell and let the world see the real you!

This is your time to “Come out of the Closet”!

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Published  Thursday, August 14, 2014 

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