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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. 

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  • Jamie Mitchell Ontario, Canada

    Thank you for your insightful post. I was just thinking about this kind of thing. I was looking back at the last two years of my life, and what I had thought was a run of bad luck turned out to be the best thing that ever happened. It's funny, I was so frustrated that things weren't going the way I had hoped. But in hindsight I realize now that everything happened the way it was supposed to, and for that I am truly grateful. You are so right, if it isn't happening for you, then it isn't meant to be. There is something better out there, you just have to keep faith, and keep working. Thanks again :)

  • Iisha United States

    Thank you Mr. Perry! I needed to hear this. God must have wanted you to speak to me through your message because I have never visited your site, but for some reason today I wanted to visit your site. I'm glad I did because I found this inspirational message. May God continue to bless you! Thanks!

  • Sarah Williams Orlando, FL

    Hi, Mr. Perry I just read Thank God for closed doors It truly touched me I wanted to cry but couldn't (sitting at my desk).....lol. Mr. Perry I do have a vision as well to open up a school of performing arts/talent agency for low income familes where there child or children can continue there education or showcase there talent through a scholarship program offered by School/talent agency. I truly believe God has a plan and purpose for everyone and he gives us all different skills and talents to full fill his plan and purpose and I want to be apart of some one's testimony in turn they become apart of mine's. Thanks so much for your inspirational posting it has touched my Spirit and uplifted me to not give up and continue to be led by God on my endevors to be a blessing to the community. THANK YOU GOD FOR CLOSED DOORS!!!!

    • Praying4Help MI #1858247

      I also have a dream of one day being able to create a foundation that enables every child, regardless of their parents income, to take a class that interests them.... Whether it be dance, vocal, piano, guitar.... I am inspired by my beautiful Monet, she is eight years old and loves to perform... she always has. I do struggle to give her the opportunity and I wish I could give her more opportunities. I somehow feel she and Mr. Tyler Perry should meet, she has plenty of ideas but not the right parent to propose them to.

  • Judy Skinner Duluth, GA

    Mr. Perry: I have been reading your early morning thoughts, and while I agree with you regarding "closed doors." It does become frightening sometimes when you don't know which other way to turn. I have been looking for a job now for 4 months after being laid off from the company I worked with for 20 years. I have tried to apply on many, many occasions at your studios with no response. I have applied at every job posting, every employment agency, ads, walk-ins etc. to no avail. I understand the MAZE theory, but there are times, like now, where the MAZE seems to be all there is with no getting out! I am not loosing hope, but I must tell you that the situation is extremely gloomy. I've heard of people not wanting to work, but what about those of us who enjoy working but just can't seem to find another opportunity, what's the answer? Just my everyday thoughts, early morning, middle of the day, late at night, constantly. Take Care, BTW, I watched Temptation on July 9th on PPV....at home and it was BRILLIANT!!!! I also follow The Haves and the Have Nots! Splendid as well! Thanks, Judy Skinner

  • Attorney Stokes Georgia

    How ironic that I should read this, AT THIS TIME. I know this well and in fact, have for years, been thanking my Creator for every closed door, indeed! God says not to judge. To me, this even means there is no good or bad; it just IS ... when following Spirit. Our experiences show up for a reason and they should be honored as such. I even go a step further and have always believed that the open doors are always open. They, in my mind, do not open later. They are always open if we keep going and arrive at the particular door, at the right time which is based upon God's time. The door is simply waiting upon our timely arrival. Just imagine buildings with automatic doors which open once our physical presence is detected by strategically placed sensors. GOD IS AWESOME!!! (I just wished we did not underestimate His Power and misunderstand His Presence as we too often do.) I referenced "irony" because I literally, returned an hour and fifteen minutes ago from checking my P O Box and received mail which had been marked as "REFUSED." I'd attempted, Mr. Perry, to send you information regarding a program I began a few years ago for our youth. I was moved to share this with you, considering your Foundation's mission. I was hoping to, at least, have a conversation with you about our common interests because who knows what can happen when ideas are exchanged and efforts are collaborated among like-minded people. I shall, nonetheless, continue on my maze and try another door. :-) May you continue to be blessed and be a blessing!

  • Miss K South Africa

    Thanks So much. I know that i can fly because God is the wind beneath my wings

  • La Tonya R. Pettit Waldorf Maryland

    Hi, Mr. Perry: I like your comment on the close doors, I must admit, God has closed serval doors in my life, and He has also open some new doors, and you are rite when the Lord close a door He will surley open a new one for you. I'm a Author, and God has assigned me to write many christian books, however after hearing your story as to wanting a person to help you it allows me to keep waiting on the Lord to move on my behalf. I thank you Mr. Perry for all that you are doing and I hear you because you not only are you a christian, but you are a man of C.R.A.Z.Y F.A.I.T.H, and I no that God is in you, cuz the anointing of God shows up in your plays, and tv shows. Bless you Mr. Perry!!!, and contuine to do the Lord's will for your life You are changing lives Man!!!

  • pamela butler fort myers Florida

    Yes :( thanks

  • Jackline Nairobi, Kenya

    So true ! Am currently living in that moment - Thanking God for closing those doors If you think about it dead ends , closed doors , disappointments most times if you look closely and consider them later on they grow us , they make us become better , stronger more informed and wiser. Your comments have reminded me of a book I once read " Who moved My Cheese "

  • Donna Davis Memphis, TN

    Wow....what a word! I was just sitting here on my computer, and thought, let me see what Mr. Tyler Perry is up to these days, and I opened this particular message. I certainly did need to hear this because I was thinking I have this vision I believe God has given me, but I can't seem to get pass the road blocks, but it is so true, God often closes certain doors to steer us in the right direction. I was so excited when I read this because taking those different routes is oftentimes God's way of making us trust his direction and ultimately, fulfilling the purposes He has for our lives. Thank you so much for this message and inspiring me to STOP trying to beat down doors and knock open windows that God has closed. Just need to go to the next door and watch God swing it wide open. God bless you!

  • robbie mcgriff Lancaster, SC

    Hi Mr. Perry. I just want to say that I thank God for you and how your post encouraged me. At one point I wanted to give up on my dream, but the God in me would not let that happen. I had to take another road to my dreams. I have been associated with people who knew the business that I wanted to go into. Instead of them helping me, they said that I couldn't handle it. But God move those people out of my way, and he is opening doors for me. For five years, I wanted to go back to school to get a degree in Business. This year, I am going back! I am a seamstress and a visionary. God has given me vision not only for me, but to help get jobs established in the city of Lancaster, to help feed the hungry and see the homeless get off the streets, and into a place they can call home. That is my vision that God has given me and I am going full force into my destiny. Thank You!

  • Jeanette jones Gulfport,Ms

    I really appreciate this message, but in my situation I'm not understanding if its a Closed door or open door. I've been accepted to Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View,Tx , Which was a shock for me, because of my act score. I've figured it was Gods favor upon me and a door open for me. When me and my parents really look into the school and consider its a Great school for me, The financial problems comes along.. We can't afford for me to go to this school. So I really don't know what to do.. Starting to seem like a Closed door for me & my future.

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