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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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  • Angel Florida

    Dear Mr. Tyler, May my message find YOU blessed today as you give back to all of us. I am going through a very hard time right now with my Fiance ( hope to be husband). Plese pray for us and ask God to lead him to a job and a place for us to live. ( we stay with relatives sleeping on the floor) You remain my inspiration. Thank You so very much. :)

  • Precious Los Angeles, CA

    Thanks for the encouraging message...I was actually on a 6 hr flight from New York to LA yesterday and the last 2hours of the flight we experienced a lot of turbulence. I am scared of heights and flying so this was very stressful...I love the way you can take something like that and turn it into a word of encouragement. I recently went on a hike up the mountains and God gave me a message just on that and I called it..."Stay on the Trail." -will share that one some other time. In your message you talk about how sometimes you can't go higher because something or someone is holding you back. I have been praying over that for a long time because sometimes family is your biggest struggle...I call it the "I knew you when" syndrome. When people can't accept that you are at a different place in life and that you have grown not only physically but spiritually. It reminds me of the text in Mark 6:4-6...which says "Then Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family." And because of their unbelief, he couldn't do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their unbelief. I have come to the realization that since we don't choose our family but choose our friends sometimes we get what we get and we have to figure out how to make it work and continue so soar....even as they try to bring you down. Eventually they'll either soar with you or let you go. Didn't mean to make it such a long message

  • Brenda Virginia

    Mr. Tyler Perry thank you. I was about to give up. I have been hurt and disappointed so much until I said forget it. Everytime I think I am moving forward I end up taking 5 steps back. All my strength is gone.

  • Renna Chicago

    Hi Tyler, I want to say thank you for that message. I always pray and it has been really rough in my life. You have family but no one is in a position to help but yet and still I press through. I was up until 4:30am this morning. I always ask God for strength and a message to help me to know that I am still on the right track. To look at me you wouldn't even know what my life has been like. Your description of the turbulence is my description of feeling like Job but even though he doesn't right now I know that he can. I love your heart and the messages that God gives to you. I'm putting you on a pedistal but just letting you know that it is GREAT to let God have presence in your life and with boldness. I s**** up for you all the time not just of you but because of what you stand for. I appreciate the messages that I receive because it is in those moments that I feel like everything I have been through is for nothing and God has forgotten about me, so I say Thankyou. My struggles have been since October 29, 1989 that is a long time but yet I keep pushing. I find the strenght to go a step further. It is not easy let me say that but with each trial and tribulation I find you get stronger and stronger. I know you can't have a house stand on sand but you can have it stand on a solide foundation which is JESUS and I know he is my solid foundation. When I loose myself or I don't see any hope or purpose for my life, he sends a message or a song to me and that helps me go a little further. Let me close this because I am starting to get emotion because no one really know like I know just like I can't really understand you story no one can really understand mine. There is a song "You don't know my story all the things that I been through you can't feel my pain what I had to go through to get hear you'll never understand my praise don't try to figure it out because my worship my worship is for real, I been through to much not to worship him. That is my story but yet I still stand. Thank you for staying true to God and your faith.

  • Ellen D Nashville

    Thanks for encouraging your online family with the great message! I'm ready to fly above it all. I am a writer and would like to use your quote about "Dreaming is hard" for my next column. Is that okay with you?

  • mapula south africa

    So very true!

  • Sheila Texas

    Thank You, see this is one of the reason why I Love You!!Am so happy for you so glad the movie is doing well as I hope it would have a blessed day!!

  • Marletta Priscilla Fomby Kicking up my gears

    Hey Tyler, I know what you mean by being held at your own risk by the father for my own safety. See everyday I pray and tell Jesus I am ready and father says no you're not. All my life I have been writing and had teachers telling my aunt that I was writing at an high school/ college level. I was only in 6th grade than. Her instructions was to write about what you see with you're own eyes, I was the highest in my class. I could not do math that good unless they gave me the story math questions. I also came in at 2nd on that. I didn't know back than that you could make an career out of writing back than, being that I was in a world of crime infested neighborhood. But than I turner 21, got married, got a baby. And than saw you on TV doing plays, still didn't register that I could get my work out there. I was just writing books, poems, dreaming the dream and building websites. Than magic happened again, I prayed a prayer, went to sleep and started studying your every move in 2009. Well let's say, no I am saying I have been flying every since at a slow pace. I moved to At[anta, marriage ending, I mean I left everything behind for this prayer I prayed for and faith has gotten me this far. I thought that as soon as I got off the bus that I would be discovered, but no. Everyday I learn something new about the world of writing about what you see as vivid as I see things. This prophet told me something's and now I agree. But all my life I felt ready to fly high. Reading what you wrote I definitely will wait my turn. I am a perfectionist and I just got to have all my words together, in order when the people order off my menu. I always thought that dumbing it down for people would be good for them. But what is the good of growth if you stay at an high school level of words, when Jesus gave us all the words in the world to use. I am at this point: I can not save the world but I can get the attention of those who want to change. Excepting the world as it is not as I would have it, knowing that Jesus will make all things right as I have surrendered to his will. So in my father's name and blood I will keep working while I am waiting and praying as I am thinking. Like I told you a bunch of times Tyler I will see you soon. I have an appointment with destiny and I most certainly want be late for that.

  • Marsie Los Angeles

    Living a life of service sometimes gets wearisome. What an awesome word to wake up to this morning! Thanks for sharing...

  • Nina Sacramento CA

    Thank you

  • Theressa Chicago, IL

    I have fought a tremendous battle from losing my ONLY parent at age 18 to battling cancer at 35. I lost a child to a drive by shooting in 2011 here in Chicago. YOU, & God Tyler inspire me to stay strong. This came at yet another down time in my life and I am lifted once again. Thank you & I love you.

  • Andre Manuel San Diego

    Mr. Perry thanks for that. I have been encouraged to try and make contact with you concerning writing a book that I'm sure you'll find inspiring, but only you can do it. If interested, please reply. This book will change lives!!!