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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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  • Menna Riley Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Loving this message - thanks for taking the time to share them. So poignant and compeltely helpful!

    • stella sibanda Lilongwe, Malawi #1929961

      I believe my GOD knows better how i feel after loosing my beautiful first born baby gal and i don't loose hope for he lives so i can face tomorrow

  • Bowanda North Augusta, SC

    Yes, Thanks

  • Heather Lithia Springs

    Thanks so much Tyler. I am having a really hard time trying to find out m next move in life. All the places I wanted to go are out of my reach. I get very frustrated because I had a goal and I can't get it! What makes it even more frustrating is that I have found something that is totally unrelated to what I want and I'm doing really well there, but I know its not what I want. I don't know what to do....... I want to give up but its just not in me to do that. I want to accept where I am but that not fair to me. I am praying everyday and will continue to keep moving until I hear from God for sure on where m next step is......

  • Connie Phoenix, AZ

    Thank you Tyler Perry for this inspirational blessed comment. I know it is the truth and it has helped me to focus on a new level of thinking for my project. Thanks again for sharing your wisdom. You are the expert.

  • T San Francisco

    Yup...it helps...nothing worthwhile comes easy!

  • Kacey Graves Detroit, MI

    I don't usually do this. I don't usually comment on someone's thoughts and feelings, whether positive or negative or otherwise. I'll be honest, I've been looking for some type of inspiration...something that would point me in the direction I need to go.

  • Elody South Africa

    My favorite part: "You have to know that if God wanted you to go that way, no man could close that door."... In other words I should stop focusing on the doors that I want to be open because no matter how hard I wish them to be open, if it is not God's will, they will soon be close. And I wont be able to do anything to open them. No family member or friend will be able to open them for me. I should learn to accept to go through the doors that God opens for me. Doesnt mean that the way is going to be easy, but I would be at rest because I would stop fearing that someone closes these doors opened by God Himself... :-)

  • MK Fargo, ND

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful and simple. Wonderful to get insight from a person who is seemingly at the "end" of the maze in some respects (though I assume you always dream bigger, too). Praise God for closed doors as HE is the author and perfector of our faith, not us. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and journey.

  • Lauren United States

    Thanks Tyler for posting this! I think God closes doors to lead us through certain ways and also to certain people. I had a situation where I was really trying to get to know a guy and God kept blocking my path so we never actually to spend time together. I am glad this happened because he was in a dating relationship then even got married. I also think God closes doors so we work on trusting him and following his leading instead of just relying on ourselves. What you posted is a great help and a great reminder to rely on God's understanding even when things may be hard or confusing. I am also glad you mentioned not going down the same dead end streets again, it is important to learn from the past.

  • Eric USA

    Yes, this does work and I am thankful for closed doors, even ones I tried to kick down but I know that our god was always with me and there to close the doors. I recently discovered how therapeutic writing has been for me in dealing with my own struggles of hurts and pains during my teenage years. We share the same hurts but at least now I am trusting god to use it for his good. I have so many thoughts I want to share to help breathe life to so many out there and in pursuit to finding my open door. Thanks for being an example and an inspiration for so many of us that have suffered disappointments and hurts. It's great to know no matter how long it took to get rid of it, we can still dream and live life to the fullest.

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  • Proverbs31Woman Texas

    I'm very disappointed! "I" thought this was SO encouraging! I put this on my FB because it helped me. But, no likes on FB? I got more likes when 7 Eleven was having a free slurpees day! God takes us through challenges not so he can break us, but so he can make us bendable and moldable. He wants us to learn to preserve, and one day as we "press on" we will be conformed to his image. James 1: 2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Thank you for the encouragement Tyler. I look forward to meeting you one day in person.

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