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What Kind of Person Are You?

I said this in a play once as Madea... LOL. But I thought I'd revisit it as Tyler for those of you who may not have heard it :-)

I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever...They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can't depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can't be angry at them, it's just who they are.

There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it's possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it's tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can't handle too much weight. But again, you can't be mad with them, it's just who they are.

If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don't let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people's lives?

THANK GOD FOR YOUR ROOTS! You may want to call them today or share this message with them and attach your own note saying, "thanks for being my root".

By the way, don't waste your time sending this to a leaf, they won't get it anyway.

Love you,


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  • Stephanie Norris Chicago

    May God bless you with more of his grace, mercy, power to enndure the more! I just saw on DVD, Madea goes to jail & Class Reuion they are hiliarous! They were so funny and insightful. I watched the commentaies and bloopers(oh my God!) and to watch you work behind the scenes is awesome. The message that you bring to millions about God's word and how to treat one another is so true. You are awesome, because you yielded to the call. Thank-you

  • LOUISE GIBBONS Daytona Bch, Fl 32114

    I love the message in What Kind Of Person Are You? Again a powerful message, you are Gifted and Blessed, with much wisdom. Praise God, He's using you to carry thew message on... Thank you for being obiedent to do that ....I am greatfulI am here to recieve it and help pass it on too.... Love ya !!!

  • gina jamaica

    I always wonder why so called friends would abandon me in my struggles and storm and some even pop up when it kinda cools for a while,but thank God for those leaves and branches because i have learnt to appreciate my roots more. I love you Tyler!!!!!!!

    • Claudette Gunter Chicago, IL #1754505

      Thank you Mr Perry, I had to really think on that question! What kind of person am I? I believe I was the best (branch) person I could be with the mindset that I had in my past. I remember that I always kept my word, even then, if I promised someone something. Now, that I am a new creature in Christ, I make it my life to walk in integrity, because my strength is in God's ability (because of Him, I am a root, now). One of older sisters, almost a year older than I, went home to be with the Lord in 2006, she was my root, she was always there for me, I could talk to her about anything & she would do anything for me. Now, I have gotten the revelation that God was always there for me, I never feel alone, & I can overcome anything. He is my forever Root !!!

  • Audrey Macon, GA

    Hi Tyler, You have another fantastic hit on your hands. This movie that is coming in October will be certainly something to go see. I saw your comments in your play and I know that I am a root. I never knew it until now. When my friends, even my family members have problems they always call on me for my opinion or advice. I am not judgemental, nor a gossip. They tell me this all the time and I thank GOD for the gift that he has given me to spread joy all around. When I see your movies, I get the message from the very beginning which let me know that you are a root too. I haven't met you in person yet, but I would really like to have a chat with you if we ever met. Thanks for your uplifting messages that you bring through comedy. We all need a laugh to break this crazy cycle that we are living in.

  • Sherrie Spencer Portland Oregon

    Hi Tyler, for years even as a little girl Ive always been the Root. I tend to draw people close quickly either work, home, in a grocery store, church even on a daily walk. I find myself helping build lives up when theyve been broken. I thank God Im able to work for him. I have to pull back at times Ive learned over the years because a Root will die back in its not fed or nourished. I found when i needed the Root I had nothing but leaves and branches surrounding me LOL. I realized we all have different gifts but at the end of the day I want the Master/King of Kings to nourish my Roots and keep me in the time of need.

  • Gloria Alston United States

    This was emailed to me by someone who said I am a root in her life, and she is a root in mine as well. It reminds me of "Reason, Season or Lifetime", and I am thankful that I can identify the leaves, branches and roots in my life. Thank you Tyler!

  • calinda wright springfield

    hello tyler i think god for real people like you i love all your movies and plays i have read your story i been where you been i use to live on skid row for 15 years i dont any more thats a blessing from god i want to know how to wright a book about my whole life story i need help can you have a some one call me i have a good story its about what i been through h*** and back and what i am going through now have a bless day teyler from calinda wright

  • JC344 MI

    I thank God Tyler Perry, for my 3 girls, all are grown now. The oldest a RN Nurse, my middle girl graduated College with a history major. My youngest girl goes to Western MI. I am so proud. I was a single mom and I did it. Now I am 50 and I have no clue what I am going to do. I work as a greeter because I am disable. I feel as though I didn't accomplish a thing for me now since I am becoming older. The world has changed with the modern technology, and my skills are not that great. I hate the fact that people think when you have a lower income you want it to be that way. My only good talent in life was raising my three girls, and I think I did good. I am not saying I didn't make mistakes, because parenting don't come with a book. I always put my girls first and myself last. I don't even think that you will read this but I wanted to share. You made me laugh when I was at my lowest and Thank-you!!!

  • Christine Ferrera California

    I enjoyed reading and thinking who fits each part. However, I look at my life an see what a treat it is and has been to be the Root for my husband and three great young men. This is one values of Social Media to read and learn from people one may never get the opportunity to have a conversation . I appreciate and thank you for sharing. Christine Ferrera - California

  • Mildred Peoria, IL

    I am a stump...the roots are there but no leaves or branches are growing.

  • Rev. Edna B. Simpson Teaneck, NJ 07666-C0rrection of address)

    KUDOS C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ON YOUR 43RD BIRTHDAY. Something for me to remember; it is the same year I came into the USA BLESSINGS IN THE BOND OF CALVARY, EBS

  • Rev. Edna B. Simpson Teaneck, NJ 07666-C0rrection of address

    "Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered..." (Psalm 68:1)--- Great thought for your days ahead. EBS

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