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My Feet are Off the Ground!

Hey everybody!

This morning I woke and was so frustrated about all the stuff I'm dealing with, trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth and start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me about a year ago.

I was walking to my car and this woman who looked to be homeless started walking towards me. I'm ashamed to say this but I thought, "I don't feel like being hustled today." Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen. As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, "Here goes the sales pitch". She said "Excuse me sir, I need some shoes". Can you help me? My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second.

I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, "My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground!" Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot that, "My feet are off the ground!"

I thought, "Wow! All she wanted was some shoes." She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her. I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes still crying. I was so touched I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and she had nowhere to go and that God would make a way for her. I said to myself, "He just did." Her faith and her praise moved me.

I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet. I had someone that worked for me to check on her from time to time and make sure that she had food and clothes. After about a month or so we lost touch but I never forgot her.

This past summer I was shooting "Daddy's Little Girls" and this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn't recognize her face but her eyes were familiar. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. It was her! She told me that the little help that I had given her changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well.

I said all of that to say this. After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, "My feet are off the ground!"

I wanted to share this with you just to let you know that when I say that I am thankful for you, I really mean it. And when I say that you are a blessing to me, I mean it. We take so much for granted sometimes that I just wanted all of you to know that I am grateful to God for you everyday.

Thank you for being in my life,


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  • Valencia Heidemann Chicago

    Tyler, If you ever wondered if your letters, comments or the things you do matter; please know that they do. There have been many times that I read your post whether on Twitter or your boards and I feel like the Lord is using you to send me a message because they are dead on to what's going on in my life. Your words of inspiration keep me growing in faith and on solid ground trusting in our Lord. You bless me and I hope someday I can do the same for others. May God continue to bless you and may you continue to allow him to use you as his vessel to reach people like me. Much love and appreiciation!

  • Heiress Atlanta

    Wow ... I always read your letters and they truly amaze me. You've done so many kind things and have been a blessing for so many.

  • John Kariungi Birmingham, AL.

    Awesome revelation, that's how we choose to remember and do all on purpose. Being thankful always! God Bless you!

  • Tara Smith Indiana

    We all are very thankful for you and glad to have you in our lifes as well! Thank you for everything you do for all of us!!

  • Manuel Maldonado gainesville, ga

    Wow, This is one of the most touching stories i have ever heard of. It is like the moment the Spirit of God sometimes touches you, fast and short but still lasting. Wow!! God bless you Tyler, you are definitively a blessing to me too!!

  • Aray Louisville, Ky

    I loved it! What a moving story. I try not to take anything for granted. I'm grateful to god for everything I have. I'm grateful to god for this amazing gift he bestowed upon me cause without it I wouldn't know what I would do with the rest of my life. And anything I don't have, I believe it will come when the time is right. Thanks for the post.

  • Alene Richmond, CA

    Thank you I really needed that story. Because we all need our feet off the ground every now and then to ground us. We all are chosen at different moments to help someone get their feet off the ground. Bless you , Alene

  • angel wynn richmond, virginia

    I am so glad you shared this with me it was very up lifting...I say this because I have been homeless living out of my car and someone helped me so I know what you mean when its said "that my feet are off the ground." God Bless you.

  • Joyce A. Toronto, ON. Canada.

    Dear Tyler, I remember reading that email when you sent it originally but reading it again just made me realize that even in my worst moments and toughest times or seasons of my life (and I've had a few) my feet have always been off the ground. Oh but how quickly I forget...Lord have mercy on me. Its a good thing that God is slow to anger and rich in mercy, that's not to say that I plan on taking God's Mercy for granted. I am truly grateful for God's Mercy, Love and Faithfulness. I Thank God for you too Tyler; you've been a blessing to me. Have a beautiful day.

  • Ena Detroit

    I really am inspire by you Mr. Perry I lost my Madea (mom) April 4th 2011 and my faith is strong in the Lord but you and Your messages have been a blessing to many so Say thank God for you and blessings to you and Yours.

  • aurelia Georgia

    It was a wonderful story thanx for sharing it.

  • nonkqubela South Africa

    What a touching story! Blessed ar those who give, keep up! Now that I know my feet ar off the ground I'll never take 4granted the position that God blessed me w**

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