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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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  • Debbie Jamaica

    Thanks for this reminder!! God bless you for this inspiration.

  • Grace United States

    Thanks for this message Tyler, I needed it today!:) Have a great day and bye for now.

  • C.Croskey AL

    This is my first time on your website, and I must say it is very nice. I decided to visit after reading an article entitled, "Tyler Perry's Business School" in the Men's Health Magazine. The article only contained four points, but they were so profound for me. I just had a few questions that maybe you could answer through your future messages, if at all possible. 1. Do you in fact, have a business school? Or, an internship program?? 2. How do you stay resilient in the midst of adversity? and 3. How do you effectively network? Thank you so much for your time, and your keen business intellect is truly an inspiration for me. God Bless.

  • M. Maryland

    Good Morning Stranger! No, your comment did NOT help me! Just kidding. How have you been? Will get back with you soon, STRANGER. M.

  • Felicia North Charleston, SC

    THIS is the message that changed a lot for me! THANK YOU and may God continue to bless you!


    I just submitted a resume with your company and ironically you just reiterated every thing I mention in my resume on how me loosing various job ( DOORS CLOSING ) was God way of not allowing me to become complacent, and if the desirer of my heart is to be a screenwriter He will give me the desirers of my heart, His word says it and I believe and have faith in his word... I know that I might have to go through some hard and difficult times in which I am, but when I read comments like this it give me a great deal of strength. Mr. Perry I thank God for for your work and the time you spend sharing your life experience with us. I read thru your comments that's posted on your web and see the impact you have on your followers . Keep doing what your doing we need you.

  • Della Fletcher California

    It is not that I do not get open doors but the problem for me is that I run away from them. How do I learn to walk through the open door?

    • ANTHONY B. BATIE 3107 HICKORY RD. HOMEWOOD IL, 60430 #1844298

      Della I think you running away from the open doors is saying that you have a bit of fear. I had Job offers where as I had too leave one job to start the other one, and not knowing if the grass was greener, I still had to go thru the door just to make sure I wouldn't have any regrets and at time the grass was not greener, but the good thing is God let me know that He had my back by having and exit door that led too another door. Follow your guide and fear know evil.

  • Stacey Omaha, NE

    Hi Mr. Perry! This message was so perfect and right on time. Thank you! I found my way here while watching Madea's Family Reunion special features. I really appreciate you sharing your story because it allows me to see your growth as an entrepreneur, artist, and person. Watching your evolution is encouraging because it confirms that I am on the right journey for me. It gets so hard (like really really really really hard) but this blog post reminds me that closed doors are simply God's way of saying go in another direction Stacey. It's not over but you have come to the end of this path. Thank you for sharing your morning insights. You've totally shifted my week. Smile, Stacey

  • Veltee

    Just saying hi. Oh! By the way that last movie you supported. Well, remember when he said, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo? Well. I went back to find my happiness and to change. I'm feeling good about it.

  • BRIAN JOHN WHALEY United States

    This...just...helped...me...drastically... Joshua 3:5 (NIV) Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you." Thank you and God Bless...

  • Lisa Greenville

    Thank you for this post Tyler Perry. When life is a maze it is easy to become disillusioned about what God is doing.......I know you know what it is to wait for the timing of God while pressing forward and I look to your journey and it gives me hope to keep pressing ahead. Thank you for taking the time to share this post. It is the most helpful post I have read, and many have been so encouraging, so thank you again for taking time to let God speak through you to some of His other children who are looking to Him. God Bless You Tyler Perry. Lisa

  • Gloria Abuja Nigeria

    I am really bless by this post. The day u posted it I was talking to my sister about the same issues when I saw it i had to share it on my facebook wall. Indeed it is a blessing that dose doors never open. Thank u sir

    • Gloria Abuja Nigeria #1853175

      Hi, my name is Gloria am from Nigeria. Am a great fan of urs I love everything about u and ur work. I know u are a very busy person that is why am begging u to pls take outtime to reply me back pls. I just started my own company and i need U(people) that have gone far to mentor me and I will like u to pls b that person. I know am nt in the same line with u but am so sure that I will learn a lot from u. U can wirte me call +381. Hope to hear from u soon love Gloria

    • Gloria Nigeria #1853178


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