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It's Time To Break Through

First, let me just say thanks for another great weekend for Temptation. The movie is doing just what I hoped it would do. It is speaking to marriages and relationships all over. Thank you for seeing it in the theaters. It really is changing lives.

Now on to why I'm writing. It's about 6am here. Really quiet. The kind of quiet where even a still small voice can sound like a scream. I was sitting here thinking about the first time I took a flight on a small private jet. Many of you know that I'm an aviation buff. I love planes and flying. That's crazy, seeing as how my passion for it started out as a way to get over my fears. And my first flight was my scariest.

That morning, when I got to the airport, it was cloudy, raining and cold. I told the pilots that I was a nervous flyer and asked how the weather was. He said, "it’s rough down low but great up high." Now I'm looking at the sky, it didn't look so great up high to me. But I said a prayer and got on. We took off. It was so turbulent. I was bouncing all over the place. I sat there thinking, "why would they tell me the weather was fine?"

After about ten minuets of being bounced around I asked the pilots why it was so rough. They told me that it would get better as soon as they were allowed to climb higher. I asked who was holding us at that altitude and they said Air Traffic Control. There were a lot of planes in the area and for our own safety we had to stay at that altitude. I sat down, bouncing around some more, white knuckled and all, until the flight attendant told me that we had just been cleared to climb higher. I felt the plane pitch up and the thrust of those powerful jet engines kick in. We bounced around some more. It seemed to have gotten worse. Visibility through my window was non-existent. I was about to ask them to land and let me off the plane. But then we broke through the clouds. There was the sun and the air was so smooth that it didn't even feel like we were moving.

By now, I'm sure you're wondering, "why am I reading all this?" Well, I’ll tell you. Flying through rough weather is a lot like making it through life. Sometimes there are a lot of dark clouds, a lot of bad moments. So bad that you want to give up or turn around like I wanted to. Sometimes you can't go higher because something or someone is trying to hold you back or you're being held at that altitude for your own safety. Sometimes you’re not ready to go higher. God is protecting you from yourself because he knows that you can’t handle going higher. Sometimes he’s hiding you, preparing you to be ready. (That gave me a million thoughts. I’ll save that for another email). Sometimes it's so dark you can't see which way to go. But just like air traffic control had to give us permission to go higher, this morning I wanted to give you permission to go higher. Climb!! The weather is so much better up there. The sun is shinning bright up higher. Stop living your life so low.

Now it's not going to be easy to get through those clouds. You’re going to have to hold your head up and use all the strength in your soul to get through, but you will. Use prayer as your fuel and go higher. You have just been given permission to climb higher. Fly above it all.

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  • Patricia Kentucky

    Thank you for your wonderful plays and movies. I just saw for Black Women on BET and cried all the way through it. A few of the characters are rolled up within me. The poetry reminded me of Maya Angelou. I took a lot from this movie, even though I'm an old crusty white woman. ;-) I so wish I had been given the gift, in my younger years, of a man who was able to express life emotions the way you do. I would have loved that man. Thank you for sharing your talents and for giving us something to think about from your films!

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  • gillian henry trinidad and tobago

    thank you I am living my life low after GOD saved me cleaned me up and made me better I went back I messed up I betrayed GOD I did to him what I did everyone else and now I feel so disappointed in myself all GOD ever wanted for me was good things but I still wanted to look back but now is the time for me to come up higher how I am going to do that I don't know but I want JESUS in my life I cant live without him he is my everything how did I get here I don't know thank u for your words of encouragement

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    • Patricia Kentucky #1826048

      Gillian, you are so brave! I'm sure everyone who has read your comment is proud of you for not giving up and for seeking help. You are a child of God. You couldn't have picked a better father! Talk to Him as often as you need Him and strength will come. Always remember, Jesus is walking with you. Look down at His footprints in the sand...next to hour's.

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  • Sheryl Johnson Atlanta, GA

    Yesterday, I went to see "Temptation", mostly because I've been a fan of Jurnee Smollett (Bell) since Eve's Bayou. While the movie wasn't among my favorites (count Mr. Deeds and For Colored Girls), I was impressed that you continue to deal with the subject of HIV and how it continues to impact our community. A week ago today I turned 64 and I feel pretty good for a " Sista" who has lived with the virus for 18 years and was infected by a brother "on the down low" who (lied and) insisted that he was not having sex with other men. I have always wanted to tell my story, culminating in a one woman show that would highlight those experiences in my life that have kept me strong including marriage, divorce, affairs, abortions (legal and otherwise), mental illness in Black families (my mother is 92 years young and living with bi-polar syndrome) and of course the elephant that is always in the room, namely dealing with HIV. I do believe that I have a story to tell and the good Lord's willing "and the creek don't rise" I'll get that story published and perhaps one day you'll be making a movie about me! Keep up the good work, Tyler. You are a Godsend in so many ways. . . .

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  • Casandra Brown Jefferson City Mo

    Hi Tyler it is so awesome that you are teaming up with Ms. Oprah Winfrey net work. What will be more powerful and awsome is if you also had your own radio show. Tyler I have had the opportunity to do my own radio show for the past twenty years hear in my area which is Jefferson City Mo. It is my desire that I own my own radio station are even work at a radio station full time. I know that god give you the desire of your heart because his word says so. I am a beliver. I realize that god never fail. So if he put this thought in your heart and your spirit please look me up and I will love you come and work for you. The radio station here call later are KJLU 88;9 your gospel station. Now we only have gospel on sunday from 6-12 am. We are truly hurting for gospel music. I have volinteer for the pass tweenty years, so I decided to give some one else the opportunity to do it. My desire is to serve the lord. Thanky you Mr. Perry for reading this letter and god bless you and your entire family and staff. You are such an awesome man of god...

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  • Ariana

    I sure hope to work with you one day because even if we never meet, just watching the way you are being used is breathtaking.

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    All I'm gonna say is, "TYLER!"

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  • J West Coast

    Hi Tyler, Thanks for being an inspiration. Your teaming with Oprah is Wonderful. The two of you are a powerhouse team. I wish there was a way to share a script I've been working on with you. But that would be wishful thinking.

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  • Woody Houston, TX

    Tyler, As you so often are, you are on point here. i often say "Every day is a beautiful, sunny day, sometimes you just have to rise above the clouds in order to realize it." The funny thing is, every day is a rainy day, also; because we are constantly and continually being showered with blessings. In order to realize [i LOVE that word] our blessings, we have to open our (spiritual) eyes, which means we have to open our hearts and minds. But you already know that. This is my first time on your website, and from what i've read thusfar, i believe that you take (or maybe i should say MAKE the time) the time to read these comments; so i will take this opportunity to say Thank you -- for ALL you do. God AND i bless YOU

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  • debra michigan

    well you are so right....As I'm continue to walk in faith not leaning to my own understanding..I realize GOD is protecting me from myself...because what he revealed to me lately is powerful...that if I realized it earlier I could not have handled this truth at that time. SO I THANK GOD FOR HIS FAITH IN ME WHEN I DID NOT HAVE FAITH IN MYSELF....I LOVE GOD WITH ALL MY HEART AND KNOW THAT HIS WILL IS THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING TO BREAK THROUGH THESE OBSTACLES PLACED IN MY LIFE JOURNEYS. I thank GOD for you Mr. Perry I watch you grow from your plays to where you are right now...you so deserve everything that has came your way...and you vison is growing to hieghts that's expanding all over the world BE BLESSED... your sister in christ

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  • ShaNee Duluth

    Thank you This msg has been wonderful..Congratulations on the success of your movie "Temptation". I immensely enjoyed your movie. Many people I knew went to see it more than once and immediately responded to its story line. The singles ministry(St. James UMC) that I am apart of is having a Bible Study using yours movie "Temptation" as the catalyst for discussion on relationships and how we become complacent within them. If there are any particular points Mr. Perry you would love for the movie audience to understand, be aware of, please respond and expound on your own personal thoughts and feelings that would concern our church's movie discussion. As the facilitator of this discussion I would be honored by your response and would convey your views to the group. Thank you

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  • M.H

    WOW WEE SPICED CONFETTI! NOW I'M READY ! FOR WHAT? YOU'LL SEE! SHOW TIME...........................I LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH! THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU ,TO ALL OF US HERE IN AMERICA! AMERICAN PERRY :)

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Tyler, Great Morning and how do you do? :-) I'm still smiling and so are you :-) I hope you are feeling better :-) May I share this with you...not sure if you like Mangoes...but eating two fresh mangoes on a daily basis throughout the day will reduce sinusitis (inflammation of nasal sinus) One of the most effective natural remedy for those of us who suffer with sinusitis...I hope this helps you...Tyler thank you for sharing your beautiful flowers with us (peaceful and serene view) love it..P.S. You did a great job starring as "Alex Cross" You are so versatile and skillful at what you do...You Go Tyler! Have A Bless Week :-) Ms. Proverbs

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    • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland #1820528

      Oh Tyler here are the scriptures that I promised to post... Phillipians 4:13, Romans 8:38-39, Matthew 19:26, Proverbs 18:16, Second Chronicles 15:7..God Bless You :-) :-) Ms. Proverbs

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