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This Is For Frustrated Dreamers

I was driving in to work this morning and I started thinking about all the days I dreaded going to work. I was so sick of it… the job, my boss, the people I worked with, the traffic… I would wake up angry every morning. I didn’t want to deal with the crap of the job, but I was forced to go. I had been homeless, I was broke, living paycheck to hopefully the next paycheck. I couldn’t take a day off for fear I would get fired. I was just frustrated. I thought I hated my life and the job.

It was so aggravating because God had placed all these dreams and hopes in my soul and mind and I had no idea how they were going to come to pass. To have a dream of being something better and living better than the way I was at that moment and to not see a way of getting there felt like death to me. I thought, “Dear God, why would you give me so much hope and not make a way?” But what I learned through prayer was, with no path in front of you and no road map… this is where true faith begins. With faith I realized that I wasn’t frustrated with my life or the job, I was frustrated because I was a person who had dreams for myself, a person who had visions for my life and I wasn’t living it. Have you ever been there, where you felt so strongly that there was more to this life than what you see in front of you?

One of the most difficult things about being a dreamer is the fear that the dream will never happen. I’m here as a living witness to tell you your dreams can come true. You can’t give up. And I am here to let you know that everything can work together for your good. The time that you are spending on that job that you think is a dead end is not. You’re being prepared just like I was. I was a shoeshine boy, I worked as a bill collector, a used car salesman, in housekeeping in a hotel, and they all were preparation for where I am now.

What do these things have to do with where I am now? I’m glad you asked. I am able to use skills that I learned. I shined shoes, so I know how to shine my shoes if I need them to look nice. Selling used cars was a great way to learn how to close a deal. Bill collecting taught me great negotiation skills. Working at that 5-star hotel taught me a lot about travel. Every experience in your life is here to teach you something.

Today, while you’re at work, don’t be frustrated. Look around you and ask God what are you there to learn and how will it be a part of your future dream. Honor that job, do the best you can at it, because God will bless you for honoring something that belongs to another. 

I hope this inspires you today. If you need a little more inspiration then watch my first sit-down interview in years with Oprah on Oprah's Next Chapter. It airs this Sunday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network at 9/8c. I talk a little about not giving up. I know it will move you.

Here’s a prayer for today: “God help me hold on, help me to get to what I dream of, help me to honor where I am today so that I can appreciate where I will be tomorrow. In Jesus' name.”

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  • Paola Kansas City ,MO

    I just want to say "THANK YOU" I really needed that today. God is soo awesome what you wrote is exactly what I was just thinking almost word to word. God heard me. Bless you

  • Bonnie Durban, South Africa

    Hi there that was awesome. May God continue to use you. God bless you in your journey of life swe truelly serve an awesome, powerful and amazing God.

  • Angela

    I have to remind myself daily of what Apostle Paul wrote and that is the troubles that we see now are only temporary and will pass But it the things that we can't see will last forever. This is how I start my day and is the only way I can deal with the reality that I am not living my dream. I can relate to everything you said in your letter because that is my life at this very moment. What gives me much hope and encouragement is that my dreams come from God.... and he wouldn't give them to me if it wasn't in his plan for me to have them. I have to be honest and say that thought of having to wait a moment longer is very frustrating for me. I also have to accept that God's will and timing is perfect.... Perhaps, my waiting is God way further preparing me so I can handle the dream when it comes to past... Looking back the journey has been long , but in it I find strength to go farther.... Everyday God pulls the curtain back a little further giving me a glimpse of his promise to give me a better future. I can't see it , but I know its there.... And like you I have question why would he give me all of this and I not be able to use it..... Perhaps there is more that he is perfecting in me before I can give birth to my dream. I don't know.... It's so strange and at the same time its so wonderful the things that he's does. Much of which I don't understand , but I am learning along the way. My faith gives me hope that my dreams shall someday be my reality...... Thanks Tyler!! Your words of encouragement mean so much too me.I am tired, but I am not quitting !! We will talk soon!!!

  • Patricia

    Thanks Tyler. Sunday my Pastor said, "God is always thinking about you. And...that desire you have within you, God wants to bring it to you." Beautiful.

  • Theresa California

    Thank you for your encouraging words...

  • juanita North Carolina

    Thank you for the encouraging words Mr. Perry.

  • Safiya Muskegon, MI

    With tears in my eyes I say Thank You for the Encouragement!!! :)



  • Precious Gso, NC

    Hello Tyler I truly needed this today. As I have realized that my season on this job is up. I rarely look at jobs as jobs I look at them as assignments. As they are beginning to lay people off. People ask why am I so calm because I am a single mom and I just bought a new car, What If..... My response to them is that this job is not my source GOD is my source. My faith is so great and I live a life submitted to God and then I get but what about that, living holy don't you get lonesome? My response is absolutely. I would be a liar if I said I didn't . Then I share with them that Friday nights are date nights for me and God and I get to love on him and tell him how good he is and when I am done he I feel like royalty because I have been in the presence of the King. I have seen far too many victories in my life to even think about defeat. Can't wait to see the new shows I support everything you do. Talk to you soon. Be blessed

    • Rosie Lousiana #1831251

      Thanks for those words Precious, they were as lovely as those from Tyler.

  • jackie pinebluff ar 71603

    i had a peson tell i had a rewarding life ahead of me i was 18 now im 42 with 6 kids three grown one grandchild. dead bet fathers all i ever did was work. i want to give up so bad i cry going and cry coming. praying for a breaik someday. im glad i read ur story it make me want to streach on thanks. god bless . akw

  • Lisa N.Y.

    Thank you for message.

  • Regina Wayne, PA

    ...Thank you Mr. Perry, thank you and God Bless you more for sharing, not forgetting where you came from, that there are many more like you with big dreams an aspirations also. So many who need to hear your experiance ... To much is given, much is required beyond what you may now be able to give or share in things and trinkets but by your actions and living example.

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