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Warning! Be Careful How You Treat Your Children!

In my prayer and quiet time at 5am, I was praying about how to (one day) be the best father that I can be. I have no doubt that I will be a great dad, but as I looked back in my life for an example, all I could remember were all of the horrible things that were said and done to me as a kid. But before I could get sad about it, I remembered something I wrote a while back about "learning in reverse".

If you are like me and had no good examples, then your lesson is in reverse. I learned many years ago that if I do the opposite of what was done and said to me then I have learned how to be a good father some day. Which lead my mind to a line in one of my favorite songs of all time. It's called “Mary Did You Know”. I've written about this before, but I think it's worth sharing again.

The song is about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and in the song the lyrics ask the question, “Mary, did you know that the child that you delivered will soon deliver you?” Such a powerful question. I want to ask parents this question today. Do you know how special your child is? Do you know who God has put into your house? I know sometimes you think it's just your child but I'm sure many parents of children who went on to change this world had no idea who was sleeping down the hall from them. Be careful, because the child that you delivered may one day have to deliver you. Meaning, the very child that you gave birth to and you took care of in your youth may be the child that has to take care of you as you age. If my mother was alive she would testify, I'm sure.

My prayer for us today:

I pray this morning, oh God, for every parent of children born and yet to be born to have a clearer understanding of the blessing that their child is. I also pray for the safe return of the Nigerian girls. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have a beautiful day.

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  • Angel Yvonne www.angelyvonne.com

    Tyler, hello to you my friend. Thank you for publically acknowledging the Nigerian girls means a lot to everyone that you care. You will be an excellent dad, I don't see how you could not, even though I don't you personally, and you don't know me from Adam, I feel like I know you somewhat from how you present yourself and engage your self with others on tv. Feel like I've know you for years bruh. :) Can't wait to work with you in the future. Speaking it into existence, even if God is the only one who is listening. Love you always, Angel Yvonne. www.angelyvonne.com Keep all of us aspiring actors inspired!

  • Veno Kauaria Windhoek, Namibia

    It is so funny how people mistreat children. It's as if they think that children don't grow up and remember who was kind and mean to them. An adult family member of mine burned my arm with an iron when I was 6 years old. I am now 53 years old. I remember that day clearly and have a scar to remind me. She apparently doesn't remember! I vowed not to be mean to kids, mine or other people's. Kids grow up and they remember!

  • Theresa Reels Smyrna

    Hi Tyler I am with about how we treat the children . My daughter was kicked off of her dancing team because I couldn't afford the payments . We were stuck in California and only one team mom paid for us to return home. The rest of the moms talked about me and my daughter to their friends . However they did not keep the gossip apart from theier children . Now my daughter has to deal with the same issues abut not having money for her school but they don't care.You would think the child maybe thiss is a child and the adults took her dream from her . The only thing she ask me to do is to find a sponsor so she can return back on team . She said the doctors said I have to contiue dancing to keep my legs strong . I Will Find Her A Sponsor Before G O D calls me home

  • faith

    This message was a heads-up, i have a 1yr old son and i do my very best to love and teach him the right things in life.... although i was brought up in a good home with my dad and grandma, i try to do the same for my son,,,, Mr Perry you are an inspiration, thank you.... Keep doing what you do best,,,,

  • Karen United States

    "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result..." Genesis 50:20 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God..." Romans 8:28 There is nothing the nearness of Christ can't overcome. If I focus on my problems, they get me. If I focus on Jesus, my problems don't go away, but they are put in a proper perspective.

  • Gillian Patella United States

    Tyler what a powerful message, thank you for sharing:)

  • Life Intuitions Detroit,Mi

    Children are a precious gift from GOD. Sometimes parents don't realize this as well as the children who are birthed by these people. One thing I've learned is sometimes your parent may be the person GOD has assigned you for the good qualities that person has. A lot of times we go through life saying I wonder how my life could've been IF I were born to someone else. A lot of times, your blessings come from that person such as your good looks, height, wisdom and overall spiritual and healthy well being. So instead of looking at being a victim of circumstance, realize you a a victor over the circumstance.

  • Rosetta Albany, New York


  • Karen na

    Yes our children are a blessing. The children of the world are special and unique in their own way. I am sure you would be an excellent Father some day when you are ready. Stay encouraged. I will give you a couple of quotes: Releasing anger lets the beauty come back into your life. Until you heal the wounds of your past you will continue to bleed. And finally this one that I wrote in my journal and my daughter went through my journal and wrote next to it "I see"---Love does not hurt. What does love look like and does it match the reality of your life. I know. Blessings Karen

  • audrey Little Rock, AR


  • Lisa SE GA

    Thank you for the reminder! I go throughout my day praying for my children and also for clarity for my life. My children ARE my future. Their attitude, demeanor and daily walk with God on this day, will predicate their testimonies as adults. Each day, I look forward to ALLOWING God's Grace and Mercy to shower in abundance over our lives! Thanks again, Mr. Perry

  • Cordelia Dwn Twn Detroit, Mi


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