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Dont' Stop Believing

I got to tell you, I miss my mother every day. I have never felt a pain like this, or missed someone so much and so hard. It is the single most difficult thing I've ever had to endure in my life. Some days I don't want to get out of bed and, the truth of the matter is, if I wouldn't have booked this tour, I wouldn't be leaving the house at all.

I performed last night in Milwaukee and as I was leaving the Arena, I was caught in the traffic of all the people leaving. I sat there behind the tinted windows looking at thousands of people leaving the venue. So many smiling faces and happy people, couples holding hands and children running and laughing. I saw several buses in front of the venue loading the elderly. It brought tears to my eyes because I know that while so many think that they came to get something from me, the truth is they gave me so much more. The joy and laughter and happiness are contagious. It's great having something meaningful to do; something that gives me joy. God bless you for that. You are helping me to find my way through a very rough time.

Seeing all of the folks that enjoy what I do, all over this country is so inspirational to me. It moves me, because I remember when nobody was coming to my plays. My first play took 7 years to get off the ground. From 1992 to 1998, I was trying and trying to find an audience. I would put it up in different cities, one show a year, and every time I tried, it failed; (or what I thought was failure, now I see that it was all a part of the success). I wanted to give up so many times. So many people told me it wouldn't work; so many people made it their business to convince me to give up on my dreams. But I didn't give up. I kept moving. With no one being there, I kept believing; when I got down, I would pray even harder. I think I wore God down about that show!...LOL. So glad He heard my prayers. It scares me to think where I would be if I had given up. WOW! What a thought…if I had given up, you wouldn't be reading this right now. Thank you Jesus for faith. All of that to say...don't stop believing!

I woke up this morning with this question for you, and think about this...What brings you Joy? What dreams have you abandoned because it got too hard or you failed at them? People will often tell you what you can't do; they will try to discourage YOU from reaching for your goals...even the ones that are closest to you will say things that hurt the most, but, whatever you do...DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

God didn't give your friends and family your vision - He gave it to you. You have to try. I think that is why there are so many unhappy people. I think so many people have walked away from their dreams because it got too hard; they stopped believing because they got discouraged...don't stop believing!

Every miracle in my life started with someone telling me what I could not do.



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  • M.H

    When I came to you, I came with work and hopes. Now, I ain't here just to pat you on your b*** and say" Great Job" when you don't need me. When I need you I get lost. You love to use your imagination, so, let's imagine shall we? My son's hands is huge, but, compared to yours it's small. Now picture me putting this unusual looking child's hand in yours and telling you to learn and help each other. What would you do? If you love to play with a mind ..play with his and lift him. If not, enjoy your life and I'll save my son another way. .............Bye

  • BRITE-I Being carried

    Thanks for the reminder/ affirmation that every miracle starts with someone telling you, you cant do.. Maybe that was the key I was seeking.. Be blessed G/N

  • I

    Won't stop Believing. Thank you! I love you!

  • Stella Nairobi, Kenya

    Right now am wondering if there is someone out there who started out just like you but unlike you gave up too early! Am feeling bad for them if there is. Your story inspires and I hope that many who are reading will make use of what they learn from your messages.

  • Anne Kamukazi Kampala, Uganda

    Thank you for the last paragraph... God gives each of us our own dreams but that doesn't mean that all the people you love will understand it..Go forth anyway because its about you and God anyway..

  • bynarozelle malone greenville,ms

    Hello Mr. Tyler Perry, we in Greenville,Ms. are beginning to have lots of crime here and it didn't use to be like that, to make a long story short, I was in my kitchen cooking and the spirit came to me and said you need to help these peoples and I was like what, it's up to you to help your community, so I came to the livingroom where my children and granchildren, running , shouting and singing help the people!!! help the people!!! Now, mind you when I pray I always ask God to use me in whatever way He see's fit for me to do. I'am disable and living with my daughter. So you want believe the next day which was Monday, I was on the phone and fb letting people know that I was going to have a march, Tues I was at the police dept. getting an permit for this march, Wed. they called me from the police dept. to pick up the permit that normally it takes a week or two, Thur. I try to talk with all the pastors and Fri. they want to know do I have any sponsor's (only one and that's Jesus), then this pastor went on to say he have to know what background they came from. Mr. Tyler God speaks of treating thy neighbor as thy self and be careful on how you treat His people.This is our community and when someones life get taken it just don't affect one it affect all as a whole, the whole community. I don't want you to get the wrong idea like, I told the all, I don't want any money I just need the support. So am asking you if you can be some of support in the city of Greenville,Ms. Please help!!!! This is a small community nothing here for the children and the only thing they have for the adults is casino's . If you have any ideas please let me know.I was going to tell you how much I love you, not as a lover, but as a friend, brother or a mother.. Your movies and shows are God gifted, they really touch the heart, you brought out the way that we live, that's great because we can see ourselves in the light. Mr Tyler thank you for allowing me, to take just a little of your time. The Walk-of-Thon purpose: A March against Violence Sept.08,2012 time:5:00pm. Thanks so kindly Mr Tyler Perry.

  • Gilbert Osei Accra,Ghana

    Waw,that amazing.In fact,am touched.i wish i could read this piece of article over and over.may God bless you for making it.my prayer is that the almighty God will give you the strength and wisdom to always come out with something new and unique.God bless you man.

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  • Stephen Mungoma Mbale, Uganda

    I was really moved by this posting regarding belief and not giving up. I would like to use your testimony that you posted here in my talk to young people in Uganda to believe in themselves and their dreams and never to give up. How can I have the whole quotation or can I just type it out? I need your permission to use it.

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