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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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  • Ray Askins 1921-3rd ave north, Pell City , Alabama

    Dear Mr. Perry, Thank you and our Lord for the words and the Maze. That is a great way to look at life. I will print that and frame it. It is worth others reading for inspiration. Preacher , please send more In our Lords hands, Ray

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  • Tasi san diego ca

    Hi Tyler thank u for the sharing and caring. Praise God..your gratitudee runs encourage me. My hope comes from the Lord!

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  • Cara West Palm Beach

    This message was meant to remind me that God knows where he wants me to go, and I just have to follow the path he has laid out for me. It is time to stop trying to make things go my way and let Him have His way!

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  • Rowena Oliver Jamaica

    Hey Tyler, I must tell you that this one is definitely for me I am going through some stuff right now where the doors that I really want to be opening for me they are dead ends (they really are closing in on me) but you know what you just encouraged me as to not to give up but try another path that will lead me to another door wish should take me out of my maze. Thanks again for inspiring me because maybe just maybe I would eventually get fed up and give up...... God Bless now and always

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  • Lee Baltimore MD

    I'm sooo glad we serve a on time God! Tyler this message about closed doors was Right on Time! I'm going through! Well who isn't right :) Anyway I'm always posting on FB encouraging words, scriptures, pictures, & so on! This helps me to stay focus on Jesus & not my circumstance . The most recent words of encouragement is a picture of a door that says: " I will open a door that no man can shut." ( Rev 3:8) I sent this to a sister who was going on a job interview & she was feeling discouraged. Well she got the job & said I prayed for God to open this door or to keep it Shut! Praise The Lord! I'm no longer working so I have plenty of time to be on FB :) I know I need to go back to work soon, but I'm just not sure where. I know my desire / dream is to cook . I love to cook & make up recipes. I would like to one day own my own catering service or even restaurant . Tyler thank you so much for encouraging my heart with your emails & letters. May you continue to be used by The Lord! God Bless!

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  • Bev Jamaica

    Tyler, thank God for you. Your motivation makes the tough problems seem non-existent

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  • Zenzele-Leandria Young United States

    Tyler, all I would like to say is Thank You so much for that right now word. Giving up sometimes seems so much easier; but God...

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  • Daphne New York City

    Tyler, I think you are reading my mind! I have been publishing a magazine for 16 years believing everyday that it was the will of God. Today, I became so frustrated from everybody saying no to me for advertising. All the black hair companies, everybody only wants the biggest; ignoring the need for economic development. Your words have given me hope. I thank you so much. I kept thinking about you as I watched your shows. I don't know how you do it. I can help you write comedy for your shows. You have to be tired!

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  • Anna Bonham TX

    I love receiving your updates through email; you are part of my family and it's neat to see you grow. I especially neeeded this update as this has been a very difficult two years for my family. In January 2012 my biological mother passed from cervical cancer; then this year in March my mom who adopted me passed from multiple sclerosis. I'm finally working for myself as a virtual assistant and the progress is slow and difficult. I know God has a plan and I'm patiently waiting as it took so long to get to this point. Thank you for sharing. God Bless You and your family. Anna

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  • Tshepo South Africa

    Good wisdom you have Mr Perry. Thank you. " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13

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  • Diana Spokane, WA

    Your words any story inspire me. Thank you! I am enjoying your new shows on OWN! I am wondering if the laugh track is necessary.

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    there is always so much to learn from Tyler Perry either through a movie or personal thoughts like this. this generation is privileged to have you

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