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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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  • Selika Kentucky

    Mr. Tyler, What a beautiful message! Thank you for the inspiration, encouragement and the love you show! I love you and can't wait to see more movies,plays, and tv shows. Mrs. Jones from Kentucky

  • Erica Kansas

    Hi Tyler, first you have to know that you are a great inspiration! I don't often respond or post comments b/c I'm just a small voice in a crowd, but this message of encouragement has given me hope to move forward! I feel like the blind man on the side of the road, and when Jesus passed by he called out to Him, but the crowd tried to keep him quiet... but he just kept calling louder and louder until he got Jesus' attention... well, I hope this gets your attention. Even though I'm just a small voice, I'm still a voice, and I just want to say thank you. You have encouraged me! I feel like I know you (even though we've never met), and I'm so proud! Keep on keeping on! God bless!!

  • Marvalee Marsh Jamaica, W.I.

    Hey Tyler, thank u for being God's messenger. Ur words of inspiration give me hope as I continue to hold on to God's unchanging hands.I'm a teacher who is struggling financially as I seek to pursue my Master's Degree and upgrade myself. Though I pray continuously, it seems as if things r not getting better so ur words of encouragement sure touche a place in my heart. Continue to do God's work n I wish for u lots of blessing this year n beyond.

  • Deborah Payton San Francisco, CA

    Hi Tyler, I just got a chance to respond to this. The very scripture you made reference to was what came to my mind when you sent the first initial message. Because that who Jesus is. He is the light the marvelous light that once you accept him takes you out of the Darkness. I'm so glad I'm his & yours too. If we just walk by faith & not by sight and let him do the leading most of us would be in better shape than we are. I'm still learning to totally trust him in every area of my life. But I'm getting closer day by day. You continue to be the driving force & blessing that you are to so many (including ME). Love you for you just being you. Peace & all of God's continued blessings. Your fan from day one til now & always will be.

  • Katrina Sherwood Atlanta

    Hi Tyler, Your message relative to the cell phone as all of your messages is very inspiring. Although I haven't used my cell phone light to walk to another room, I have used the light on my cell phone to see the buttons on the remote control to change the television channels. Presently, I am pursuing my passion, vision and dreams to have my own girls softball organization. I am 52 years of age and just in the last two to three years, I've discovered what my passion is. I LOVE SOFTBALL. I played in high school and I am the assistant coach for the varsity fast pitch softball team at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta. I have been coaching for six years on the high school level and need I say it is a challenge but I LOVE IT! I also officiate varsity and collegiate softball through Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and the Atlanta Quarterback Club (AQBC). That's not all.....I also officiate Little League baseball through Georgia Amateur Baseball Umpires (GABU). This Tyler is my passion--My softball organization called Hurricanes Girls Softball Organization, Inc. (HGSO) is up and running and I'm presently getting my 501c3 status in place. IT'S GOING TO BE HUGE...I BELIEVE IT WITH ALL OF MY HEART!!! Pray for my success and when you hear of "HGSO" you'll know its ME!!! Take Care

  • kathy columbus,ohio

    Yes Tyler...I do this ALL the time:)...but I just wanted to tell you that YOUR light is so bright, you don't need a cellphone light or nite light ok?

  • Tonia London, UK

    Beautiful. Thank you for this message, it is received with love :-)

  • B. Niles - "Celebrating Men" Florida, USA

    Insightful word. One step at a time. That's walking by faith. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (NKJV)

  • Lisa Edwards Houston,TX

    Thank you for the message about encouraged by a cell phone. You are so right if we have Faith and allow God to be that light for our path there is nothing we can't over come. God is good all the times. Can't wait to see the new play! You encourage me as well as others. I wish there were more men like you . God Bless!

  • Marcus K. Morton Cary, NC

    Mr. Perry, Thank You. Thats the best way to express.

  • Cassandra Denise Taylor US

    Thank you Tyler! Good message about the cell phone light, it is very encouraging, if only we have just a little faith, and put all of our trust in the lord we would be able to push forward, at ease. No matter how we struggle, or whatever in this life we may go through, if we put God first my brother, no doubt we will make it through. This bring back some very painful memories for me, it seems like the worst year of my life. (2007) When I lost my baby boy, he drowned (Chino Montell DeVon, at tha age of 13). Oh Lord, i did not think that I was going to make it, but God brought me through it, (He eased the burden). Not only that, but the struggles that I am going through now, and all of the other problems that come about. ( Love you, & Be Blessed)! Check this out! I personally had to say this to you, I love every play, every movie that you ever put out, so please keep up the good work in 2012, & there on after. You are my inspriration

  • Hlengiwe .hlongo South Africa,KZN,Newcastle

    Mr Perry,Thank you so much for those words of insperation, thank you so much may God bless you,I am your biggest fan keep up the good work.

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