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I Thank God For Closed Doors

When I wake up in the morning and see the sunrise as I’m running, I thank God for new mercies every day. As I was running this morning I started thinking about this and you know how much I like to share my morning thoughts… LOL

I was out just thinking about my life and all the times that I wished that a door had opened. All the times I had promoters and people lie to me saying that they would help me... I remember wishing the bank would approve my loan request for a house or a car (usually one I couldn’t afford at the time). I wished that this person would help me or that person would do something to help my business, or this person would help my dreams come true. 

As I look back now I’m so glad that none of those situations worked out. I’m so glad God closed those doors because they forced me to find the right path for me. If you’re in this situation and you feel like doors are closing all around you and you are frustrated, here’s something I’d like you to think about: Life can be like a living maze. You know what a maze is. In a maze, you start out at one end and your objective is to find your way to the finish line.

Many times you may make a turn and hit a dead end and you have to go another way. Just like life, that door closing on you sends you another way. It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, it just means you need to go another way. If you keep moving, eventually you will get to where you’re going.

Another thing that is important when you’re in a maze, as in life, is to remember where you have been. If you get turned around and confused in a maze, in order to get out, you have to remember the dead-ends that you have already hit. Just like in life you have to remember all the doors that were closed so you don’t waste time going that way again. If you want to get to your dreams you can’t expect to get there by doing the same thing and going to the same spots. You must try something different. I’m not saying give up on your dream, I’m saying try another path to the same dream. Same maze, same dream, but take a different direction to get there.

I feel sorry for people who have a dream and give up because it gets hard. Let me tell you something, "IT’S GOING TO GET HARD!" And my answer to that is, "SO WHAT? MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!" Don’t stop because a door closed. I have learned to thank God for closed doors. You have to know that if God wanted you to go that way, no man could close that door. But for some reason he allowed that door to be closed, but if that one was closed I assure you that there is one that is open somewhere. And it’s the right one. Don’t stop until you are living your dream. 

Is this helping anybody?


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  • Debby Lisle, IL

    Thank you for the encouraging and insightful words.

  • Greg Sacramento

    Thanks man! I was looking up "waiting for the lord" and found this! Currently I am looking for an apartment but EVERY DOOR IS CLOSING because I owe 789 (not an eviction) on my record. Even tho its hard I see what the Lord is doing in my life. HE is preparing me for the next stage in my life by bringing me closer to him. I thank you for this brother and keep the faith!

  • Ginny

    Tyler, i am going to forward your thoughts/story to my son. he has hit a lot of closed doors and wants to give up on asking God for help. i wrote a pray at thanksgiving and read it to my family about closed doors and that its because God doesn't want you to go down that path and that the right door with open but in his time not our time. you have to wait and be patient. I am trying to get him to keep Gods door open because that would be a shame if that door closed i am hoping this helps. thank you

  • Linda

    Tyler, I just want to say thank you for your inspiring story. You are an amazing smart man. I am currently going through closed doors and I am going to put my trust in god. I know god does this for a reason. I cant wait for my next blessed opportunity.

  • William Philadelphia, Pa

    Mr. Perry, I don't know what to say or how to feel. This is my life right here! I am a man of many likes, but like you my passion is writing. Mr. Perry my walk is deep. My no's come from everyone. Family, so called friends, strangers, etc. When I'm at my best (working a good job, providing for my family, offering my last to people, I am the best thing breathing), but at my worst, like now(unemployed, looked at as a drifter, homeless, but still in school to get my degree) I am forgotten by my so called loved ones and the no's come forcefully. What's worst is I have no family support. But guess what Mr. Perry. My Lord is my support. I woke up yesterday and today! I understand now what I didn't before. I know my Lord wills EVERYTHING and its to be accepted and not rejected. Sir my pen never stops and I only wish I could have the opportunity to show you some of my work. Even you would be floored by what I have, endured, faced, and got through. We walk the same path Mr. Perry and I write with the same passion as you because I lived those beautiful movies you put out and more. Mr. Perry I have attempted all doors and now I am attempting one with the same path as me, YOU! Please hear my cry sir and if not anything else, hear my story. It may change even your life. May God keep you and continue to shower you with Blessings.

  • Tee Alabama

    This really blessed me today. I thank God for every day that he blesses me with and whatever happens that day I realize that it could have been a lot worse. Praise God for each new lesson learned daily and especially for CLOSED DOORS!!

  • KATHY TURNER United States

    On 12-01-12, my only child, Reggie, died at the age of 28. He had sickle cell disease. I was in graduate school at the time and had to stop. In August of 2013, I went back to grad school and with only 2 classes to go, I found out today that my financial aid is in disarray. Now I find myself facing another closed door. After reading your article, I thank God for closing the door. Pray that he will direct my path, heal my broken heart and guide me in the right direction. Thank you, Kathy

  • Sees Oahu, HI

    Amazing! I may be late in reading this, but I'm glad I read it today. :) Exactly what I needed to read.

  • Amily Canada

    Thank you for sharing. I'm currently in that situation. It seems all the doors were closed on me. But I know God still love me. He must prepare some other path for me to find out. I won't give up.

  • Karen Cali

    Tyler this helps....just the kick in the pants I need to stop feeling sorry for my self because things are hard on the journey. Going back to the closed door really resonates because that is what I have done recently d/t job loss. I'm going to let that go and continue looking for other doors and avenues with prayer.....Thanks.....K

  • LJ N.C.

    Yes it's helping me, in a matter of fact its right on time for this season that im in. I'm so proud of you; continue and endure to the end. May I also remind you/ that the enemy is busy. So don't let them tie up your time with projects that will lure you from your assignments/instructions from the Spirit our Lord Christ. You are in my prayers.

  • SLW TX

    It's helping me… Yesterday my husband received bad news. Due to military cut backs were may be getting kicked out January 2015. He at 18 were are both 30. All we know is the military way. We have 2 kids and I scared. My heart was heavy thinking of what may happen. But reading this has relaxed my soul. We will find another way in the maze. ~Thanks:)

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