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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • rosalia do carmo Portugal

    wow this really touch my heart...and this is my first comment ever in my life to a post on net, i normally read and pass by, but this made me cry i still dont know why tears but i cry. Thank you very much for the words. It touch my heart.

  • Mary Indianapolis, IN

    Thank you so much for this message. I'm at a point in my life where I need to find the light at my feet. The new year just began and mine began with heartbreak. Not only did I get my heart broken in the worst way by my long term love, I find myself out of work, money, and a home with nowhere to turn to. I am an struggling actress and you know how that goes. This industry is tough. I'm at a crossroad of re-finding myself and picking myself up from these million pieces that I've been broken into. Then I checked my email and saw this message. It brought a river of tears to my eyes. So thank you for your messages and words of wisdom. I promise you, you are saving lives and healing people with your words.

  • olanike

    very very inspiring, thank you sir..God bless.

  • Mirrie Williams Macon Ga

    Thank you so much for those inspiring words. I use the light on my cell phone quite often when reading very fine prints. You are so correct! The light only allows me to see very little but gives me hope to keep shining for more. Thanks Tyler!

  • Stephanie Senigaur Beaumont Texas

    That is so true sometimes we just have to follow the light to see where it leads too. On our way we might feel like rushing to the end of the light to see where it leads to, because we been going through some hard times and we want to rush what we going through. But in due time everything we will get better.

  • Monica Houston, Texas

    As I was reading this story about the cell phone light and you quoting one of my favorite scriptures....I began to weep. Not weeping tears of sadness, but tears of joy knowing that Gods word is so powerful and how it can lead us into all truth and direction for our lives. Thank you for the reminder of HIS leading power. Be blessed!

  • A. Speer Texas

    All I can say really is wow! You truly walk to walk. It's very refreshing to know that someone in your position can still keep their head on straight and walk with their head held high. I remember singing this song when I was younger!

  • Baranda Smith Dallas, Tx

    Tyler, You know I've become closer to God and what you just said sparked something. No matter how hard it gets for me I keep moving. I tell myself if I just keeping moving. Keep moving, keep moving. Keep pressing forward I will get to where I want to be. I sometimes feel like I'm running. I may fall sometimes, I get up dust myself off and say you can't stop now, keep moving. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. It's something on the inside of me that get stirred up everytime I talk about Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.

  • Patricia Omari Nj

    Thanks mr.Tyler that's so inspiring I guess is what I really needed to know this year. Have gone through the heartache, pain, struggles, my family living far from me and you can name it. But have watched that cell light shinning at my feet & have learned to take a day @ a time, and for sure all is coming into place. I let go all the struggles of last year made a promise that I'll make myself happy, cos if am not happy then the people I love, care & adore will not be happy too. Happy 2012 and God bless you.

  • Shaquandra Cheeseborough Chambersburg, PA

    Mr. Perry, This message has touched me in more ways than one!! I am in tears. The last couple of weeks, leading into this year have been so rough for me. I am a college student majoring in Music, and I owe so much money for me to be able to return to school. I kept praying to God, like "Ok God I don't know where this money is gonna come from, but I know you got my back!!" I cried so many nights praying that I would get this money..nothing happened! So I gave up..wasn't able to returned to school this semester. I moved back home. One night, I was sitting in the dark, wondering what was next. The simple line that you wrote.."JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD", was what I heard that night! No matter how long it may take me, I am going to finish school! I still have dreams and goals that I have to reach. I know that with GOD, ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE..and without him I will FAIL!! Thank you for this message and the encouraging words that you say in all of your play/movies..I pray that God continues to bless you!! I hope I get the chance to work with you some day!! Be Blessed

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