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Encouraged by a cell phone

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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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  • LINDSEY NORTH CAROLINA

    LOVE IT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WE LUV YOU .. PS I NEED A JOB

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  • marco barnes portsmouth virginia

    Mr Perry, my name is Marco Barnes and I am a 25 years old college student who has struggle for the past two years of my life. I drop out college three times! And this year was the longest that I stay in school for. I'm in school to become a personal trainer. I been training people for five years know just to get practice and people say that I am really good at what I do. But these past two years been alot of stress in my life. I been in two car accidents one of them for a dui. Since the second accident my fiance has been very bad. I can't afford my cell phone no more, and it been hurting me socially wise. My dreams of becoming the best personal trainer is at my grasp but every time I get closer to my dreams something bad all ways come up. Right know I work at a YMCA here in Virginia as a youth counsler and a gym teacher for the children. I don't make alot of money there and its hurting me because I can't afford to pay all my bills. I know I should get a second job our another job but I put in five years at the YMCA and the children look up to me there. And if I get a second job it will effect me and school and I am only on semester left to graduation. I know I shouldn't drop out but I can't afford to pay all my bills. I'm trying to stay strong and keep moving on in the right direction. But tell you the truth it not easy. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment.

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  • Candice Hawkins New Orleans

    One word.....AMEN!!!!!

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  • ihuoma california

    HI TYLER, YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO SO MANY PEOPLE MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

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  • Larry Dominic lynn ma

    Thank you tyler, I am a struggling creative and talented black man, a God fearing and a dreamer. This year i have managed to save enough to buy a dslr 7d canon camera, my journey is finally here. my dream of becoming a great director and a great story teller is only a few far away doors. I have had a rough past growing up in Africa, Tanzania.... now that i am here, I know I am new and have a tough road ahead not knowing anyone in films here. . . but I still believe that the Almighty God has set my path in the right direction. I know that someday I will be blessed to direct a film with you. I just visited your website and I noticed I can upload my films and stories. I promise I will send you a video as soon as I save for the rest of the equipment and start filming. I hope you are doing well and that everyone in your family is ok God bless you abundantly your friend Larry Dominic

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  • Laquicha Harrison Washington DC

    This message has brought tears to my eyes, Tyler Perry you are an incredible person. I just wish, hope and pray that one day my son can finally get to meet you, I will hold on to my faith because that's all I have. I have an incredible story and my son have question for me that I have no answers to, but I'm quite sure you are the one that can help me with answering his questions. It was GOD that lead me to you and I pray that you get in touch with me so I can share my story with you. Happy New Years peace, love and GOD Bless You.

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  • G. Bryan Toronto, ON

    Let me start by saying "THANK YOU" for being you. For being real. For being so humble. Mr. Perry, I take my hat off to you for your courage to do what you needed to do for yourself in the face of adversity. I know all too well what challenges life can bring you and even experience some as I write this but you point out that as long as we let God into our lives we will find our way. I am trying, truly trying, to follow that light that leads my path and though sometimes I am discouraged I refuse to give up. Thank you so much for not forgetting others and for sending such positivity and encouragement to complete strangers. In your own way, you uplift me and help me see that no matter what obstacles I face, I CAN and WILL rise above the difficulties I face today. God bless you now and always. May you have a HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL 2012! Cheers. Gloria

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  • marjorie finks las vegas nevada

    there is no words to put,but no mater were you been it is were you are now.God has bless me through you so i no i can better my life,i have been beating just so my kids can have a father in there life.but now i am a strong black woman.deaf in one ear,broken jaw.but with the grace of God i am still standing.so i got all your movies not booth leg.thank God for a true man like you .no money or anything can place my life with my girls im 52 and i have 5 grandbabies.my eyes have seen my desire on my enemies, i give praise to u,coming from been a homeless man to been God powerful man just to show the world if you can do it then anybody else can,i love to write.i wrote about homeless man, been abuse woman.your tongue, thank you mr perry now i find myself putting things down on paper.God bless you.but it is more about you i never ask for a hand out cause i wont my girls to learn how to make it in this world.much love

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  • Charli Fort Scott KS

    Love this testimony and encouragement! You are so incredible and its obvious that you are blessed by God!

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  • ShaNee Jeffers Alpharetta, Ga

    That is a very true statement... I tell that to others as well ....Thank you for sharing. Your message is very uplifting...:-D

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  • Lynda Southaven, MS.

    When I first got your message on lighting your way with your cell phone. I thought man I do that every night. I had also one of those "I wonder if anyone else does this" thoughts that same day. I was wondering if anyone has ever been at a red light and looked to see if the way was clear to turn. Then realized that your at a red light not at a stop sign. So maybe it may be just me. Dont know. But when I got your second message to the meaning behind it. I got my meaning behind my thought as well. A lot of times we all try to go towards something just because the way is clear. Even though we know the sign is the wrong sign. We dont wait for the green light from God to really go. Resulting in a reck, or a complete mess. Basically we try to go on our own terms. So wait for the green light on your blessing. He is making you wait for a great reason. To keep you safe from what you may not see. I hope this bless someone. Qua

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  • Diana beautiful Germany

    FINALLY a real message again, not some stuff about a movie or a series or a play!!! It was about time!!! Happy New Year to everybody who reads this: may you be healthy, blessed and touched by the lord in ways you can't imagine!! We should NEVER doubt Him, because He is always here for us. Kepp pushing, keep praying!! Much lurve DIANA

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