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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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  • Doris Bobbs Lawrenceville, Ga.

    Good God Morning, I thank you Mr. Perry. I thank you because you stood ground no matter how hard it was. I thank you Mr. Perry because even in tears of frustration you kept moving forward with your dreams in tact. I thank you Mr. Perry because no matter how difficult your life became your determination to get where your spirit man already stood you were seeing your visions come to reality...giving great hope to ones who would follow you. I thank you for setting the board to not give up but to continue the walk with God the most high leading! You set the bar high never give up or toss your dreams aside. I thank God Jehovah the most high for seceleting you before us. God knew you would never give up! I stand like you...I haven't worked since 2010. I am a writer of book story teller...song writer and now Jehovah is giving me plays and movies to write. The voices start speaking to me introducing themselves, then the story line then the title...As you know it is truly amazing to be trusted and selected by God to be used to give His words and encouraging others with God's words... I know that God will touch someone with a willing heart and in their desire to be obedience will give me a helping hand to be where I am already in the spirit! Thank you Mr. Perry because you never have up!!!! Keep doing you! Never releasing the hand of God in Jesus name... Amen I love your heart because you give back with great LOVE! Doris Perry .

  • Tranecka Hankins newark,DE

    Hello my name is Tranecka my family and I have been homeless for 3 years we have been place to place and lived in my car until it was stole from me I don't see a light at the end of this journey I have lost everything even my own self respect I have giving up on life and lost my way I shed tears but I can't really cry anymore I'm so hurt I feel like a failure and a disappointment I have no support system nobody to talk to it's almost Christmas and I can't give my kids anything every morning I wake up I'm so upset that I woke up I wish God would just take me while I'm sleep I don't know what else to do I try to stay encouraged and keep pushing forward but really I just want to die

    • Trenelle Houston #1943541

      I pray you are still with the life God is working on for you. Many days I've had this dsne want, but I finally opened my eyes and saw the unconditional love in my 3 angels' eyes. Each pain you're enduring is a part of a plan designed for you. I know it's not easy, and I cannot say I understand as we are all fighting battles of our own. However, I will say I know it's not fair to leave people who truly love you behind and start a new evil to overbear their hearts and futures. Bind those who are not trying to see you advance and break the chains that you're allowing to keep you from reaching the potential set for your life. Giving up is not an option.

  • Lenette Armstrong Hammond,la

    Hello, I am writing this letter because of my desperate plea for financial help. I am a student, mother of two who is on a fix income. This year my job closed down and as a result I had to take on another job with lower pay. The stress of it all is overwhelming and it seems that I cant get ahead. I am scheduled to graduate May 10, 2014 but I need help with paying my tuition for school because I went to summer school and I still owe a balance and due to that the school will not allow me to register for my classes. On top of that I don't make hardly any money due to I had to take on a job with less pay. The struggle of it all is getting the best of me and I have my days where I want to give up. My faith rely in God, I have come to far to turn around I have sold nearly all that I did have, beg and borrowed until there is nothing left. I am actually throwing out this life line for HELP because I am on sinking sand and I stand in need and I wish if anyone could hear my heart felt cry and knows anyone that can help me and my children I would forever be grateful. Please, please contact Tyler Perry or anyone who has money that would like to donate to the less fortunate, I would love to be one of the ones consider. In return I would like to bless/help the next person once I am helped. Contact me either through email or my cell phone please only serious people contact me facebook Lenette Armstrong........

  • Nakia Anderson Atlanta, Ga

    Hello, I am writing this letter in a desperate plea of help. I am overwhelmed and stressed to the point where I just want to throw my hands up and forget it all. My fiancé and I are set to get married April 26th, 2014. We are a long distance couple. He is an Army Sergeant stationed in Tucson AZ and I am Patient Account Representative a local hospital in Atlanta. The wedding will take place in Atlanta, GA. We are 5 months from wedding and we have hit a financial wall. We’ve had to cut down our gust list including family members. We are still paying on our venue, we have no photographer, and do not have money to even go on a honeymoon. I have never been married and it seems that it is becoming a disaster. I don’t know what to do at this point. I almost cant believe I am writing this in desperation, I am not one to ask for help. I thank you for your time. God Bless


    I AM JUST SITTING HERE AT MY COMPUTER, AND QUICKLY God reminded me on how Tyler Perry had to stand with him in the rough spots to prosper, and that he did... Now in my rough spot HOW DO IGET A JOB WORKING FOR TYLER PERRY ? ONE WORD COMES TO MIND .............FAITH..........

  • gertrude zambia

    I am frastrated like almost every day in my job,Tyler,they are times when I even feel like quiting my job,But If I quit who willl feed my family? nobody.So I keep on working even when i really feel unappreciated,even when am being insulted,I keep on working coz I know that one day everything is going to be alright.I thank God for my job and I believe that my dream will come to pass.

  • Melrose Edwards Kingston, jamaica

    Tyler, That was just so inspiring, beautiful, kind and considerate. It could easily have been me. Thanks for the prayer. I preach acceptance but I need to practice it more in my personal situation. Be well, Be Blessed, Be Loved, and always stay as genuine and wonderful as you are. Melrose PS Watched the interview with Oprah twice. I was eating out of your hands, literally.

  • LaPamela Bond Los Angeles, CA

    I don't know where the Lord will lead you concerning my situation. All I have ever wanted to do is serve Him, work hard to snatch Hollywood from the fires of Hell. Boldly share God's glory even if it should mean the end of my story. We share the office with Curtis and others that could greatly benefit from the power of our living God. Mr. Perry please pray and ask the Lord concerning this email for I never want to presume to know His will. I am humbled by your gifts and your desire to ultimately hear our savior say well done.

  • Marla Conway St. Louis, MO

    Dear Mr. Perry, I sincerely hope this message gets to you. I just finished reading the book, "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer. This book explains how people of color are being treated unfairly and being incarcerated under the new caste system disguised as the War on Drugs platform. Many men, particularly men of color specifically black and brown men are being held in prisons for years for minor drug offenses while many white men are not. While in prison there are no programs available to help the men become employable when the get out as well as labeling them felons which prevents them from getting drivers licenses, housing, food stamps, etc. This problem has to get to all people. This isn't a war on drugs but a war on poverty and it has to stop. I would sincerely like for you to consider making a movie about the book so that people will wake up and see that there is still discrimination in this country and a change needs to be made. I would ask that you read the book for yourself and see that it's a story worth telling. Thank you for your consideration, Marla Conway

  • Cory Easton Atlanta,Ga

    Dear Tyler perry I have read your passage and I love the inspiration you give to stay in prayer.ive been were you are,homeless job to job trying to make it day by day it's hard work.just have to keep pressing on.I have dreams on one day of becoming successful.sometimes I wonder what is my calling .I have fear sometimes weather I won't know.you know who's my biggest impact,inspiration,my mom she alway say you can be anything you want to be and I want to make her proud by the grace and power of God .me and my brother been looking and waiting for that door to open one day.andwe hope its your door.T.P we have a surprise for you.let just say unique.peace to you and your fam.god bless you.

  • Gary Powder Springs Georgia

    Hello Tyler, I always think about your story on you past life and how you made it through. Especially when you I get down. I am a small business owner od a small insurance agency. I have been in business for 7 years, and everyday is a struggle to stay open. I have hit the wall and do not feel that I can keep going. I now am in deep financial trouble trying to keep things going for my business and my family. By deep I mean $10,000 I live a modest life with the basic's, cannot take my wife on a vacation, which she always talk about travel. The thing that hurt the most is when she talks about how her friends are traveling and their husbands are taking them here and there. I do not say anything but it hurts. My business problem is what I most afraid of because it can make it worst for us. I am a hard working self sufficient man, who has always tried to take care of his family. But I do not know what to do this is the most broken inside I have ever felt. I just feel like ending it all. I not a bad guy but I feel worthless. I pray for God's power to help me.

  • rochelle gabriel moore okc

    I wrote out a little not much as you did on cbs!its to painful! Not only that for the life of me an my three childre an I can escape the abuse we face everyday. Their father is so negatve and abusive I don't know away yet! We don't want him around but for now! We have nothing