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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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  • LL dallas texas

    LoLo Jones . I like that girl..

  • Paula Wright Tampa , Fl.

    Very great message.....Strong , empowering and powerful.

  • Maria Columbus, Oh

    YES!! It is as if you were there listening to the conversation I had with God this morning. Thanks!

  • Zahni Virginia

    This message was so needed! I save my emails and messages you post for my weekly hair appointments! It's just something I look forward to! Every week they are inspiring! today was a rescheduled appt and luckly this message was posted on today! so i know it was for me! im dealing with a situation and I've been having a very hard time on how I should handle it because I've been down this road before! You just don't know how this message has blessed me!!! Thank You Tyler! You're truly God sent. Nowthis just confirms what I must do to make my journey towards my dreams a reality~

  • Victoria White Huntsville, TX

    This is so awesome! I just finished a book called, "The Dream Giver" by Bruce Wilkinson; it changed my perspective on going after what I feel called to. My new take is this: "Pursue God and He will cause your dreams to pursue you!" I know you are a busy man, but to know that this is your perspective on attaining goals, I believe in my heart that this book will be such a blessing to you! It was such a blessing to me that I have began circulating copies to friends and family and plan to give it as graduation, birthday, wedding anniversary, etc. gifts. It is just that awesome; the simple complexities that we often allow to detour us!!! God bless!!! -Victoria

  • Catina Goldsborough Bridgeton, New Jersey

    Yes Tyler! This entire message means something to me. I also learned to appreciate the doors that God has closed on my behalf. And I thank Him for helping me to accept His decisions. I hope that you are doing well! Are you? How are you doing today, tyler? With love and continuous prayer, Tina (your Jersey family and friend)

  • Camaille Orlando

    I am encouraged to know that the maze is there for a distinct purpose and my DOOR is waiting for me somewhere out there! I have been a determined, working woman for many years and several years ago I was laid off from my employer of ten years. I felt at that time, I knew my path, my purpose, was confident and on track with all my plans. It has taken years to find that everything happens for a reason. I am still in search of that DOOR but I won't stop until I find it! Thanks for sharing this message. Be Blessed.

  • Lulama South Africa

    I am in that maze never ending doors being slammed in my face. I hide from the world as my struggle to suceed does not seem to be coming to a end. I continue with new routes and keep my eye on the ball for the sake of not only my future but my family. Your words made me realise my situation and not loose hope. Thank you Mr Tyler Perry

  • Terry Ansley United States

    Your comment has helped me tremendously. Sometimes I lose faith and I become afraid, but I realize that I have to keep going in order to pursue my goal. Thank you for your comment.


    Yes Tyler, this email helped me tremendously. I was having an awful day yesterday at work. I encouraged myself by listening to Marvin Sapp sing "He Saw The Best In Me" over & over & over & I'm still meditating on that inspiration today. Your email encouraged me to find another path to fulfilling my dreams. I won't go into the ugly details of what obstacles are blocking my progress, but I will say that the words spoken to me yesterday "you are d*** as a box of rocks" hit me in the bowels of my soul. I've worked hard all my life. Overachieving, to quiet that child like voice in the back of my head whispering, "YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH." She's a little girl wondering why my dad took care of his other family & left me..... She's a successful mother of three wondering why no one ever liked it enough to put a ring on it..... She is an accountant wondering why she can't advance in the same environment as her male counterparts..... Some words cut like a sword. Therefore, I said all that to say, YES you have helped me to take these closed-door opportunities as detours toward my RIGHT path. I'm bruised but I'm better for it. I'm looking forward to seeing your new shows tonight. I'm so happy for all the success you have & will continue to support you. It's just a small token of my appreciation of what you have sown into my life.

  • Jeneen NC

    Thank you for this message. I has encouraged me. I am faced with God's plan which is good, acceptable and perfect but not my dream. Trying to embrace, hope for, and attain something that is not or was every in your heart is challenging. I going to walk in faith believe the impossible. I going keep searching for that DOOR and believe God will fulfill my hearts desires. Thank Tyler, God bless you...

  • Qurita Harrell columbia sc

    hi tyler. my name is qurita. but my friends call me rita. you have to idea how much your emails encourage me. in the past month my 6 month old baby passed away. I moved to a different apartment building, started school and now my jeep died on me. it has been so hard to get up in the morning sometimes but i do anyway because inspite of everything i know God has a plan. now im having trouble getting my jeep fixed because doors are closed to me. but im not going to give up. im going to keep searching till God opens that door im suppose to walk through. God Bless you and your business. I'm so proud.

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