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One of the Greatest Gifts I've Ever Been Given

When I was a little boy (I couldn’t have been more than 6 or 7), my mother and I were riding in the car one day and she looked over at this car that was passing by and her eyes lit up. In my little boy voice, I said, "what mamma?" She said, "you see that car right there, that’s beautiful." I said to her, "when I get big I'm going to buy you that car." She looked at me and said, "OK baby," and smiled. I don’t know if she believed me, but she sure made me feel like I would one day.

When I was growing up, there were so many times when she was sad because of our home situation or her illnesses. She had survived breast cancer and came through some unimaginable things in her life. As a child, I felt this huge responsibility to try and make her feel better.  I can remember being very young sitting with her on the sofa trying to comfort her. I would say, "when I get big, I'm going to be able to take care of you and you won't have to worry about anything."  She would say, "OK baby," then I would go to my room and pray. I remember this like it was yesterday. I would pray, "God, please bless me enough to be able to take care of my mother."  That’s all I wanted! My hope was just to do well enough to take care of her, that’s it. Now look at what the LORD has done….Jesus!

I remember the day I told her to retire, she was so worried. I told her it would be ok.  I had just started to do well and to tell you the truth, I was worried too. What if this play thing didn’t work out. :-) But I believed God had answered my prayer, so I looked at her straight in the eyes and I said, "I made you a promise when I was a little boy, and I will take care of you." We both sat there in tears for a while…..that was a sweet moment!

I said all of that to say, one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given came from YOU!  God used you to bless me, so that the last 12 years of my mothers life, even with all her health issues, she never had to worry about a roof over her head, bills or how she would afford her medications or doctor visits. Because of you, the man I am now was able to keep his little boy promise. You have no idea how thankful I am for all of you who have stood with me over the years.

So, from my heart to yours, and on behalf of my dearly departed mother, may I just say, "thank you." You allowed me to be able to take care of my mother and that is the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.

Merry Christmas and God bless.

Big tears here….THANK YOU!

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  • Demoun Boykin Chicago,Il

    Hello Mr Tyler Perry I had a beautiful dream and i just wanted to share this wonderful opportunity with you and share some of my thoughts in creating a beautiful love story.I have my wife and siblings that really like the idea and concept i have.If i can just send it you personally and really gets some feedback on the whole idea.Just a chance to send you just a little something that can really be a great and wonderful movie....

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  • olander bowe south carolina north charleston

    mr perry you are a great role model to men like myself,im very proud to see a black man like yourself doin what your doin sir,It really sends chills threw me when i hear of the things you have done so far,I must be honest sir im a young black man with a great movie idea im still writng on the movie taking words out putting words in tha kinda thing but my dad just passed away and i lost focus,But i know a person of your status if you think its worth your time you will do what you can to help a person out in they time of need because just reading your stories just bring tears to my eyes to know what you been threw and look at you know and some ppl in this world dont believe in gods power how not look at you and so many others wow Mr Perry keep up the outstanding work sir please just take time to consider helping a young black man out thanks for your time

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  • Roselyn Antigua

    the blessings of the Lord maketh rich and He adds no sorrow

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  • Lavenia Fenley Lufkin, Texas

    Oh My God Tyler, you sound just like my sons. I had breast cancer and the medical bills are piling up and sometimes we cannot afford doctor visits or my medicine. My husband and I are putting three sons in college. We make the sacrifices for their education, but I know, just like you, they will keep their promises. Oh how your mother must have felt. I know her heart, mind, soul, and spirit was well at peaceful rest. You were a great son. Thank you for your words of encouragement, and Thank God for your awesome mom. Thank you. Love Lavenia

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  • Verne STL MO

    My father closed his eyes @ xmas a year ago, every memory shared keeps him with me. Thank you for sharing your mother with me and so many others.

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  • Diana Mc Central Florida

    Wow...my son has said the same to me!!

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  • Glenda Harper-Mitchell Detroit, MI

    I can truly relate to your feelings, because I was close to my father, who died on 12/05/89. Therefore, I am always reminded of his death during the holidays, as well. Even though it has been over 22 years, there's still a void in my heart, and I still feel sad, because my father loved Christmas. Every year, he would decorate a tree and the windows with lights, even though all of his children were grown and had moved out. He got a big kick out of his grandchildren, and faithfully gave them all an envelope with money every Christmas. When his oldest grandchild, my daughter, who was about 10 or 11 years old at the time, told him that they needed a raise, he laughed so hard, but the following year, he increased their Christmas money. I miss playing cards with him, laughing and joking with him, going for car rides on Saturday afternoons while singing his favorite songs, and asking him for advice - I loved him so much, and I just miss him...especially at Christmas time.

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  • cassandra tifton ga

    That is so touching,god able u to keep a promise to your mom from a little boys pray who had no idea god would open the doors has he has for you. To be blessed beyond means.

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  • Lynn Mont Belvieu TX

    U R So very welcome! But truly Tyler, it is God who put us in your pathway, it is God who is your Provider....U R such a blessing to us....U keep us laughing and Laughter is good like a Medicine. Thank you !!

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  • Denise Baton Rouge,LA

    Thanks for being you.I Love all yours shows but i especially FOR BETTER OR WORSE! Lord knows that touch home hard. I have been hurt and cheated on by my husband and on top of that he has a 1 year old baby.Wow my life has been rip apart i know that god has not giving up on me even when i have giving up on myself.He keep whispering to me i got you,he will never leave me. I tried to deal with this situation and i tried really hard to save my marriage. But i got a wake up for christmas he chose to spend his christmas with his baby and not me. Reality set in, this man has hurt me to many times and i keep allowing him to do it.Well New Year's Eve i told him i can't do this anymore.DIVORCE, DIVORCE is in process. So 2012 it's my time to shine, i have to think about me and only me. So thanks for keeping it real for a sister. Love You! May God keep you under his wing. Be Bless!!!!!

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  • Paballo South Africa,Mafikeng

    Mhmmm thank for your words of encouragement ,i just found this Website yesterday when i was busy searching for those online blogs that really boost one's faith on a daily basis then i came across your on how i managed to get here i don't know but i ll Like to thank God for that,, what really touched me was You Message About the Christmas Gift ,,Specially on a Part where Telling your mom about what will you do for her when you grow up, Mr Tyler that is one story i m really relating to on this very moment,, I m a young Man of the age of 21 turning 22 late this year but from where i m from its been very bad compared to today started to feel the burden on my shoulders when my step father left us when i was 14 that’s when my mom really started to rely on us as we where the only people around her, me and my other two younger sisters ,, fortunately on that dark path i managed to finish my high school and proceeded to tertiary level for my 1st year, oh well that where things started to roll up in front of my eyes this is where i had to see the real world with my own eyes ,getting kicked out of School due to unpaid fees, friends neglecting me due to how my life was turning at that moment, Most doors closing up on me for every opportunities i was trying to turn to, then came one day i had to call up on my mama and tell her i m coming home, cause i can’t keep living like this anymore , to her it seemed like i was giving up, running away and it became hard because she would see me as a dropout ,with no future,,,, that is when i told her that i Live with FAITH and someway somehow something will come up cause i know god never fails,,, eventually after writing my final exams i came back home,,, and well she told me that there’s someone who own some I T company and wants to see me, for some holidays training/volunteering ,,so i went the and did some interview and well started there the following week,,, All in all i started from nothing and with that later on became something,,, Mr Tyler today as we Speak i m a skilled I T Technician and well explaining to my current situation i would say slowly but surely there a great path ahead of me and with that it requires some great determination and Hard Work . So i suppose for me to have found this it would not only encourage me but it will also build me to be a great Man for tomorrow,, So it is Great for you to be doing this ey,,, not only you could be doing this to connect to us but you also get to teach us youngster's that life is full of too many opportunities,,, ... Please Keep on Doing the Good Work sir this has Really Encouraged Me... Thank You Paballo

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  • Elder Elaine Gardner Calumet Park, IL

    I have used a cell phone to look for something such as candles when my lights have went off, but have never thought of the significance of it until you so graciously gave such a divine revelation of Psalms 119:105. That particular passage has always been one of my favorite scriptures since accepting Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior, because I feel that God is a guiding light for me in my darkest hour. I will forever keep it in my heart and I thank you for bringing it back to my remembrance. Love you to life!

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