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A couple of days ago a storm came through here that was crazy. I’ve never seen that much hail and rain.  It reminded me of when I was living in my old house. Every time there was a bad storm I had to go through some major things to get the lights back on in the house. One time there was a storm so bad that lightning hit the house and all the power went out. I looked across the street and my neighbor had power, so I knew the problem was just in my house.

Stay with me, I’m going somewhere here…

I knew I had to get to the circuit breaker to fix what was going on. Now, in my old house, the breaker box was in the attic, and in order to get to it I had to climb a ladder, go up a flight of stairs and then climb over an air conditioning unit, all the while trying to not step through the ceiling joist or I would go straight through the sheet rock. And imagine trying to do all of this in the dark. But I had to do it if I wanted lights on in my house.

I got to the breaker box and started turning the breakers back on. For those of you who are not up on your DIY (do it yourself, LOL), the circuit breakers protect the house from further damage by turning themselves off if they get too much power or pull too much power to them.

As I was thinking about this yesterday I started thinking about us as people, as souls... me, you and any other human on this planet. What is common about us all is that we all, at one time or another, will go through or have been through a storm, and sometimes the storms are so bad that they turn off circuit breakers in our lives. We can look at others who have gone through the same storm and they are fine, like my neighbor across the street. They had power, but I was in the dark. Same storm, but it affected me differently. Many people can have the same experience and get over it but it affects each of us differently. Never let someone tell you to just get over it because they did. It’s not that simple.

When circuit breakers shut down in our lives they usually turn off to protect us from trauma, but just because they turn off doesn’t mean that they are supposed to stay off. A lot of times we leave them off because we don’t want to do all that is necessary to reach the breaker box to turn them back on. So what happens? We begin to live a life that is not as bright and fulfilling as it was originally designed to be. You just stay in the dark because it’s easier to not go through what you need to go through for healing. Trust me, I’ve been there, lived there for a while until I realized that I wanted all the lights on in my soul. I had to get these breakers back on.

Why am I saying this to you? Well I know that God designed all of us to live the fullest life that we can, to live in the light, love and joy. It is my hope and prayer today that you will start to do the work to turn on some of the breakers that may have been turned off in your life by difficult moments. What do I mean by that? If you have a dream and you stopped dreaming because it got too hard, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on. If you decided that you wouldn’t love anyone else because you’ve been hurt, that’s a breaker that’s been turned off. Turn it back on. If you have decided to give up on life because nothing seems to go right, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on. If you have given up on your kids because they won’t do the right thing, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on.

You see what I mean? Go through your life and look at all the people who have hurt you. Look at all the situations that have left you in the dark. Turn those breakers back on. Live in a full house. One of my favorite scriptures says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.”  Light up your soul!

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  • Natoya Flowers Nassau, Bahamas

    Love this message very powerful and on time for me!!! I just LOVE Tyler Perry!

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  • PJ Alabama

    I really like this. Powerful words.

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  • Lacordia Xaba South Africa

    Wow! Thank you Terry for being such an inspiration through your amazing work and messages on your page. I personally have been through much in life just like everybody else,but now I understand we can all be hit by the same storm ,however it affects us differently. From now on I am going to get up and light back those breakers!

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  • Erica Stockbridge

    That was beautiful and inspiring.

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  • Katherine chattanooga

    I've truly enjoyed your post i will consider your words keep me in much prayer

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  • SATARA WILLIAMS MIAMI FLA

    HI TYLER PERRY THE SHOW WAS GREAT. YOU TALK ABOUT THE GUESS. AND HOW YOU HAD A FIT. AND YOU HAD TO TAKE A DRINK. WELL THAT MESSAGE, MAY NOT COME OUT VERY WELL, PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU MAY BE HURT , OS BECAREFUL WITH THAT. GOD ONLY WONT WHAT BEST FOR YOU. YOU SEE YOUR HOUSE , SHOULD BE WHO OS EVER WELL LET HIM COME. SEE YOU CAME FROM LIVING IN CAR. TOO WERE YOU ARE NOW. IT ALL BELONG TOO GOD INNHOW.

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  • Prophet M.Molette N.C

    I loved your story. If God did not allow things to happen us we would never call on him. God has a way of keeping us humble too by allowing us to remember when. Keep God close when other things fail he won't.

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  • Mana'o Satele-Vaovasa American Samoa

    Thank you so much Mr. Perry for the message "We can do better". It came right on time because we having some friction between our Reverend and the people in our village. Our Reverend's kids got into a fight with some of the village kids and instead of him trying to iron things out, he was ready to kill somebody for touching his kids. When we had church last Sunday, there was so much tension in the air that it didn't even feel like Sabath. The Reverend didn't even budge when the kid's grandma and other family members came to him and apologized in a traditional way. I wish you could write a play/movie about a Reverend or Pastor that is so blinded by revenge that he cannot concentrate on anything else but is determined to break every word in the bible that he's been preaching about to the congregation. Anyhow thanks again for the message, it really hit home:)

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  • April Cumming

    Tyler, where are you going? Am I coming with you? I want to be with you. Where are we going? I WANT YOU!

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  • PamelaJeri Bronx, NY

    Thanks for "we can do better" message! It was perfect and right on time! Have a blessed day!

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  • shaneese Dublin,Ga

    Hi Mr.Tyler Perry I jes wanted to let you knw that dats like the greatest inspiration I have ever read my first would be miya Angelo. Whats very weird is ii jes found ur tweeter im so not familiar with workin internet things but ive never even had a fcebk and im 26yrs old but my cousin beged me to get dis and I feel by the grace of God I was lead to read this I stay so quarantine I knw all my breakers have been off in my life for years and i've been caring less about anything all talent and dreams jes seem to have gone dwn hill for me i try my hardest to help my mom tke care of the family but im doin things the wrong way cuz its wht i knw how so i feel as if God wont bless me if im doin wrong but helping at the same time things seem to go even slower but fronmm reading

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  • Valory Baltimore, MD

    Hay, keep up the good work in Jesus name.

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