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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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  • Deirdre

    Thanks for your encouraging words again because you have touch so many lives its lie God gave you a word and so many people might feel down about doors closing and by you giving these encouraging words would inspire people to never give up because a better door would open and jut continue to place your faith in God. You can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthen you and if doors closed keep knocking and trying because God would always bring your dreams to pass. Thanks again for your words of encouragement.

  • nana brazil

    Thank You,

  • iisonu NOLA

    Mr. P., You have literally opened up the door for me on this one! I have been running through this "maze" called life for some time, and I'm still looking for the cheese! Yes, in spite of the closed doors, road blocks, and obstacles, I know that the cheese out there somewhere! I can smell it...Lord have mercy, I can almost taste it!!! I thank God for you and the inspiration He gives you to share with us during hard times when we are ready to give up! Many of us are living what you're speaking, but many of us are afraid to speak it ourselves. Thank you for being God's mouthpiece! I am encouraged! I won't give up until I get my cheese!!!

  • Deirdre

    Tyler, I just wanted to tell you that God would always work things out for our good and like you said if the door is closed it's only because he has something better in store for you. God promised us that he knows the plans for us it's not for bad but good and a future and hope. Sometimes, god might want the recognition all by himself and if you look how blessed you really are I am positive you would say it was nothing but god's unmerited flavor.

  • not gonna say. just a fan. Texas

    Coach, that must have been a rhetorical question? Lol!! You know your messages always help us. :-)

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  • LTEASE Oklahoma

    Tyler thank you. In 2009 my husband of 32 years died. He was my Best friend. I know I can go on. I love your New shows. Love you.

  • Lolie

    Wow! This was so hitting home for me. I really needed to read this today. Thank You Tyler.. May God continue to Bless you as you share your wisdom with us. This email today really helped me. Thank you!!

  • Kecia Vestavia Hills, Alabama

    Tyler, I thank you for allowing God to use you and speak through you. Your messages on your page are very inspirational. You are not afraid to let others in to your thoughts, experiences and trials and tribulations. As long as you are willing and humble enough to allow God to use you you are Blessed and will continue to be Blessed and be a Blessing to so many. Because of who you are and where you are, you are able to touch so many. Continue the good work you are doing. I needed to hear what you have been writing on your page. Again thank you.

  • Brite-I Oregon via Shreveport

    What do you do when it appears that all door are open and change is destined to occur? Yet you are not ready.. When your dreams are just that your dreams, a place in which each night ends in unexplained tears.. When your passion is not for yourself but for others -It is yet your experiences that open a scabs that runs deep, I have lived so many lives with so much lost I do not know where that little girl is at.. Pleading for help yet no one hears her - through there perceived success.. Find your peace and May God bless you and bring you much happiness in your future endeavors :) ..

  • Ngarongo Gisborne, New Zealand

    Wow!!! This is the 2nd post I've red if yours and I'm so encouraged. I'm 36yrs old and a morher of 7 and I have a dream. I feel like ive been banging my head against a brick wall Lol and that's because I have. But no more!!! Today I choose a new direction to the same dream. And my hope is to be a walking testimony 4 my children. Dreams do come true!!! Wact this space!!!

  • Brenda Virginia

    Yes sir it did. Was about to give up.

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