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Guard Your Heart and Mind

If you can get this, this will change your life… I was out taking my morning run. I love how still it is when I’m running. I can hear clearly and really commune with God. I wanted to share this with you. It’s a lesson I had to learn.

One of the keys to success is to be able to guard your heart. Now, usually when someone says guard your heart they are talking about keeping yourself from heartbreak. Although that is important (as long as you don’t go overboard... but that’s another conversation) that isn’t what I’m talking about. When we are born into this world we enter with such a pure heart but as we grow older situations, circumstances and people tend to make us change. Now I know it is nearly impossible to keep a childlike innocence in our hearts all of our lives, especially after people have betrayed, lied, mistreated and downright been the devil. Trust me when I tell you, I have seen it all. I have been there big time. If you’re like me you’ve been there too. But if this is your situation I want you to know two very important things about those moments of heartbreak. Number one, learn the lesson in it. See how it will work together for your good, because it will. Once you do, it’s easier to forgive and move on. Secondly, and this is just as important as the first one, you must not let that person or people change your heart. What do I mean by that? Well, if you are a giver and someone you have given to misuses your gift, don’t stop giving… just give to someone else. If you are a person that loves people and someone you love hates you, don’t stop loving… love someone else. Eventually, you will find people who appreciate your kindness and your love. Remember this, lots of people have been conditioned to not be able to accept purity of heart. They can’t take it in. Most times it’s not even their fault. It’s just what has happened to them on their journey in life. But don’t let them turn you into one of them. There will be a lot of people in your life who will not appreciate your pureness of heart. If they hurt you don’t stop being you… just be you with someone else.

Why is this so important? Because God blesses you according to what is in your heart. If you are being kind, giving, loving and sharing because it is in your heart and you are not looking for anything in return, then that is a heart that God wants to bless. If you change who you are because you’ve been hurt, then you’ve changed the thing that God wants to bless you according to, and that is your heart. The people who hurt you are not worth that. You can lose everything that you have, but don’t let anybody change your heart.


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  • Gwen Inglewood

    Thank you, Tyler, for that... I know what it's like to have a heart like that but not have people...even family...receive it. Continue to be that vessel God can use to reach people who may not be reachable by any other source. May He bless you always!

  • Melissa

    I could not agree with you more. I do not know if you will ever read this but for me you called it so right. I have been struggling with this my whole life, because I have a pure heart but it feels like no one understands or gets it. And yes it did change me for a while, but I have learned to just be me because it is who I am. I have had men say "nobody can be that good", but all things through God are possible. I'.m not perfect or a saint I just try to treat everyone equally and fairly in life and I have learned from my own mistakes and choose to not make them again. I try to treat people like I want to be treated and my heart is pure and this is not to brag, its just who I am as a person. Wonderful message.

  • jacqueline Jones Auburn, Al

    Thank you for being a vessel....There is power in obedience! I have meeting you on my vision board. I was hoping I could get a chance to visit your studio in Georgia. No worries I am not looking or expecting anything, just a wonderful experience. Please consider it Mr. Perry. My sincerest Thanks!

  • vikki Louisville,Kentucky

    you need to love who you are, accept others are not you and expect them not to give you back what you WANT to give them. the best formula to protecting you. if you receive what you give that would only be a Plus, but if they don't....you gave everything you wanted to give and feel good about it

  • Michaela Mitchell Lexington, SC

    I love you, Tyler. For real. Thank you for this!

  • Linda Goodridge 1486, Dunbar Street, Far Rockaway, Ny 11691

    Well said Tyler. Truthful and Inspiration. The heart and mind are powerful vessels that God encased by other organs to protect them from harm!!! So we must be mindful of those people who try to damage what God has so creatively tried to guard with care. Have a blessed day! Love Linda.

  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    Thanks & Amen. I receive that. :-)

  • Jerika Ohio

    I am a firm believer that God uses people at the right for the right moments...Thank you...for letting God use you. Jerika

  • s.johnson

    I receive what you are trying to communicate through this message. My Pastor Terry Glenn of Greater Works Christian Center here is Ohio just taught a sermon on almost the exact same thing!!!!!!!!! Love ya Mr. T. Perry thanks for sharing your gifts God has given to you with the world!

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  • Toni Martin Pineville, LA

    Tyler, thanks for that word. I run also and just being outside in the early hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep does make you feel close to God. I find also that while I'm in that atmosphere, I can hear Him more clearly because there are no distractions. You are truly a wonderful, kind hearted and loving man. I hope to meet you some day but if not, know this: you are always in my prayers and thoughts. Be blessed. B

  • Stephanie Greensboro, NC

    Wheeew! You betta preach Tyler! I needed that today! You were on point and I needed that! Thanks A lot! ~Steph

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