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Encouraged by a cell phone


To all of you that use the cell phone light like I do, I just want to say this.  For me, as I was walking through my dark house trying to get to my bedroom, it was truly an exercise in faith. I could only see the light at my feet. I had to trust that even though I could only see three feet in front of me, if I kept following this light, I would get there.

It reminded me of a scripture in the bible, Psalm 119:105 "The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light into my pathway." Back in those days when people would travel through the night, they would use little lamps that were attached to their feet. The lamp only gave them enough light to see just a few steps in front of them.  As long as they kept moving, they could find their way. If they stopped moving, so did the light.

This moved me because this is how I have lived my entire life. I have always walked by faith. Sometimes there was only a little light, a little hope that kept me moving.  There were so many times that I didn’t know how I was going to make it. So many times I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from, if my hope would be realized or if my dreams would come true. But no matter how dark it got, I kept moving.  That is one of the keys to making your dreams come true. JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

If you’d allow me to, I’d like to challenge you to do more of that this year. Live by faith! No matter what you see happening around you, no matter how dark it may be, follow the lamp at your feet that God provides to us all, no matter who we are.  A small step is still a step forward.

At the top of every year, I stop and go away to reflect. I will usually take out my journal and read over some of the past years and look at all the things God brought me through, no matter how dark the times. What rereading my journal taught me is that there was always a lamp at my feet. I think if you look at your life, you’ll see a lamp too. :-)  If you don’t, look closer. I promise you it's there!

If you’re struggling in any way, financially, school, business, relationships, children, sickness, heartache, I so believe that God will be a light unto your pathway. IF YOU LET HIM!!  Stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and look at the light at your feet and you’ll get there.

I hope you remember this every time you use your cell to light a path.  God Bless you in 2012! You can make this your best year yet, through faith.

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  • Tasha Green Mississippi

    hi Tyler I like the movie Good Deeds. hold on and kept the faith. I will like to share something with you like Acts 2:47 and Romans 16: 16 am going to lie I do like you. not because you have money I like because you are sexy man. I never been about a person money I be about knowing the person.

  • Tiffany Woods Dublin, Ga

    Tyler, it's just like a breath of fresh air to listen to you & to read your comments. You are without a doubt one of God's chosen vessels. You have encouraged me to work my dream. It is so good to see a man of your caliber, love the Lord & give the glory. I thank God for you!!!

  • Tasha N. Braggs Houston, Tx

    Good morning! First, I must say I thank God for you! Thank you for your plays, your movies, and your motivation. I truly keep your words near to my heart and especially with your message for 2012. As I write you, I just came from a midnight showing of Good Deeds and I truly enjoyed it. Yes...you were so worth me staying up till midnight so I could see it! The movie really has me reflecting on how we do so much to please others and we neglect ourselves. Also to be thankful for the true people in our lives that encourage us to go for our dreams. Thank you! Finally, I got my 30th B-Day wish in Jan. And saw the Haves and The Have Nots. This was such an awesome experience and one I will never forget. Prayerfully, I will take my mom to the Madea play in Louisiana just around her birthday. Thank you for keeping me laighing, crying, and motivating my life. No matter what anyone says about u...you alright and I thank you for all that u do. So...let me close this out cause I have to be on the grind in the am...praying for you always. :) Romans 8:28

  • Tinkerbob Conn.

    Thank you for reminding me to look for light at my feet. My life fell apart when a routine operation left me very ill and nearly crippled. My days were a tug of war. I existed, I didn't live. I fought to get well. I wanted to curl up and die. I hoped. I gave up. But, I kept trying. Wellness didn't come, but better did. Better now, the walker is gone, the cane mostly retired, every day is still a fight. The old folks say if you don't have your health, you don't have anything. It's true. My career collapsed. My finances imploded. But stumbling onto this post, I hope that I will see a small light guiding my feet forward. Maybe this post is the light that will lead me to crawl into the world tomorrow. Thank you so much, and this from a white girl(ish) who just saw you on Chelsea and will go see Good Deeds with a couple white friends. Personally, I see a lot of my family in your movies. It seems I'm not supposed to but I do and for that, I also thank you.

  • TeeKay Philly

    Amen to that!

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  • Jerone Jamaica

    Profound, encouraging and inspiring. Keep going, Tyler. God bless you.

  • Lisa V Stokes Brooklyn, New York

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. It is a struggle for me everyday to wake up and encourage myself that one day I will win an Oscar. My favorite passage in the Bible is "Luke 17:6 He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed ... and that is how I live my life everyday. I have been through a lot in my life and never thought in a million years that I would become a screenwriter. God bless me with this gift May 2005. I have written, produced and directed 6 short films with no money. I have completed 3 features and have 5 in progress. I will utilize the lamp until I make my way to the Oscars. God bless you Tyler Perry. You are truly my role model. Thank you so much

  • Leslie Morristown,TN

    I not sure if u have ever read any of my messages but if u read this please see if u can help me answer a question Ive been looking for I was n a 15 yr relationship which was lost because of his pain from RSD then lead to drugs cheating jail an eventually our marrage I stood by him thru everything even after the divorce he has cleaned up an doing good now but he seemed to lost his passion for me he loves me I know he loves me just not like before an Im not willing to sit an stand last in his life after all I done for him I know I deserve better I just dont know how to let go Ive pray for God to let me stop loving him Not hate but just taking this pain away an even after 6yrs of pain I still love him as much as the day I married him why does God fill some ppls heart with so much love an some ppl have so little an how do I let go without losing myself please see if u can help give me an asnwer for some peace

  • Mel Chicago

    *tear* I wasn't expecting to cry this morning - but I guess I needed a washing lol...Thank you for these words of encouragement!

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  • Autumn Atlanta ga

    Dear:Tyler I just wanted to say thanks letting us know that we can make it no matter what. Day's like this you just have to read or hear something to up lift you.work well done, I remember when you came to Detroit for the first time and my first play was clink clink you were great then and your awesome now. I would love to be in one of your plays can you look me up on YouTube my name is Indiamom03 I know you will love it.

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