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This Is For Frustrated Dreamers

I was driving in to work this morning and I started thinking about all the days I dreaded going to work. I was so sick of it… the job, my boss, the people I worked with, the traffic… I would wake up angry every morning. I didn’t want to deal with the crap of the job, but I was forced to go. I had been homeless, I was broke, living paycheck to hopefully the next paycheck. I couldn’t take a day off for fear I would get fired. I was just frustrated. I thought I hated my life and the job.

It was so aggravating because God had placed all these dreams and hopes in my soul and mind and I had no idea how they were going to come to pass. To have a dream of being something better and living better than the way I was at that moment and to not see a way of getting there felt like death to me. I thought, “Dear God, why would you give me so much hope and not make a way?” But what I learned through prayer was, with no path in front of you and no road map… this is where true faith begins. With faith I realized that I wasn’t frustrated with my life or the job, I was frustrated because I was a person who had dreams for myself, a person who had visions for my life and I wasn’t living it. Have you ever been there, where you felt so strongly that there was more to this life than what you see in front of you?

One of the most difficult things about being a dreamer is the fear that the dream will never happen. I’m here as a living witness to tell you your dreams can come true. You can’t give up. And I am here to let you know that everything can work together for your good. The time that you are spending on that job that you think is a dead end is not. You’re being prepared just like I was. I was a shoeshine boy, I worked as a bill collector, a used car salesman, in housekeeping in a hotel, and they all were preparation for where I am now.

What do these things have to do with where I am now? I’m glad you asked. I am able to use skills that I learned. I shined shoes, so I know how to shine my shoes if I need them to look nice. Selling used cars was a great way to learn how to close a deal. Bill collecting taught me great negotiation skills. Working at that 5-star hotel taught me a lot about travel. Every experience in your life is here to teach you something.

Today, while you’re at work, don’t be frustrated. Look around you and ask God what are you there to learn and how will it be a part of your future dream. Honor that job, do the best you can at it, because God will bless you for honoring something that belongs to another. 

I hope this inspires you today. If you need a little more inspiration then watch my first sit-down interview in years with Oprah on Oprah's Next Chapter. It airs this Sunday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network at 9/8c. I talk a little about not giving up. I know it will move you.

Here’s a prayer for today: “God help me hold on, help me to get to what I dream of, help me to honor where I am today so that I can appreciate where I will be tomorrow. In Jesus' name.”

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  • L Southaven ms

    Hi I'm a huge fan of yours and I would like to thank you for all the encouraging plays and movies. I'm currently unemployed and seeking employment. I'm 25 years of age with 1 child. I work really hard to survive and has kept a job since age 14 until these past couple of months. I paid my bills but still lost my place an I also feel in love with a pastor than had my car taken from me. I'm currently going through alot from all of these things going on in my life.... Tyler could u send a prayer up especially for me... THANK YOU

  • Dona East point, ga

    ...just want to say, "Thanks"

  • Marie Harris Panola road ,lithonia ga 30058

    Hello MR TYLER PERRY,I am writing you,to let you know,that I have been thru a lot and I have a testimony that will Encourage a lot of women,that have went thru so much in the church,All of your Plays and Shows encourage a lot of people and that's what Life is all about Helping one another,No matter what you go thru in life,what I went thru was Hurt but I made it,with GOD on my side,I would Love if you could use my testimony as a play are movie,The Topic Disappointment may set me back,wait on me,am coming thru....

  • Melissa Mwenda Lawrenceville,Georgia

    Doors will open for me soon .

  • Stephanie Kuwait

    Inspired by your dreams do come true. Please check out our website and share our story! www.fifipetite.com

  • Seth Morton

    try and do something that doesn't involve race and isn't incredibly predictable. Because you clearly have talent

  • luandrea lowe ,watson Ridgeland,MS.

    Hi! Mr. Perry. I am on day two trying to reach out to you, on my book or movie I am working on. I have faith that all this will do us some good. I am writing about my son birth about how hard it is to take care of him without the surport we need. and how his dad allow a woman to keep him from doing his job, about how God has put this man in my life that loves me and my kids, but he don't understand the blessing God has giving him to have us.karl is my calling and I know what I have to do. Mr. Perry the Holy spirit is leading me to you. I know you will call. have a Blesses Day.

  • Jessie McCurrie Fort Wayne, IN

    I was so inspired by the massage in your life story. I vision Atlanta, GA to pure my dreams as comedy and actor well. It turns out I could't do the homeless thing. I was also inspired by your movies and plays. I walk from downtown to uptown Atlanta, GA to vision the studios yes, it sound crazy. But if I never take risk in life! I would't be successful in industry. Thanks inspired and helping me overcome my past. God Bless

  • G.....please...Tee D----GTA,---CDN

    Dear Mr. Perry, its been a long hot day got up early my son is the m***** for walking and stretching, my day is just over, was frying fish, no am not frustrated, time is not enough, untiscipating going home hoping that am ready, am longing to be all that I can be, staying a lert, thinking of you feel it in my heart beat, ok let me say sleep tight and peaceful and plesant dreams. p s wishing you love, love you too., miss G

  • Toya Mozel Danville, Virginia

    I needed this. I am a writer, singer, and an aspiring actress. I am 30 years old and divorced, was married to a pastor. I have a story to tell. And I am not ashamed to tell it! I even have visions of my story being birth through a play or even movie. I have went to go see every Tyler Perry movie and I have see all of his plays, Its very inspiring to see that there is still hope. I appreciate the fact that God has granted patience to me, to wait and ignore. I come across a lot of people who SECRETLY and sometimes openly say, girl you should be in Hollywood have prepared myself for so many things but most of all success. I know it will come sooner than later. If Mr. Perry sees this, I want to thank you personally, for your life. I say that because you accepted what God allowed. Even when you didn't understand and told us about some of it in your plays. I've been doing this since I was eleven, never was really paid attention to, because I didn't have the look, whatever that is. But I love me some me.

  • Nipho Mali South Afica

    This is exactly where I'm at in my life right now, thank you for message. I need to stop using prayer as a spare wheel but rather use it as a steering wheel.

  • Not gonna say. Just a fan. Texas

    Coach, the day you posted this, it helped me because that was the same day the sheriff came with the eviction notice. Now here I am nearly a month and 1/2 later and I'm reading it again. (That's the beauty of putting things in writing.LOL!) I had to come back to it because I needs me some mo' good old coach TP 'couragment. LOL! I feel like I can spill my guts to you and you can relate and not judge me. It also helps that you have no clue who I am. Lol! ...At any rate...I was off work for months because of Lupus. I eventually got evicted after living off my savings for 5 + 1/2 months. One of my law school professors from my 1st yr of law school called out of the blue to see if I was excited about my last yr of law school. It was the first day I was sleeping in my car. She graciously has allowed me and my 2 children to stay with her for a while. I took a job at my neighborhood doughnut shop when I started physically feeling better just before i got evicted. I started off in the kitchen and moved my way up to helping front counter on my 2nd day. Last week I got promoted to filling the jelly and cream filled doughnuts. Yeee haaaa! (Texas style yell) ....I am being sarcastic. The owner's daughter asked me why am I doing this if I'm in law school. I said my mama taught me to pray and to work hard. The avg person with my resume would probably say the job is beneath them, but my momma taught me better than that...I had to come read your story again because after cutting my workweek down to 1 day, saturday she told me she would not need me until business picks up in Oct. Just on Friday, my job packing medifast only had 3 hours of work for me and sent me home. I had a job cleaning an office building at night and the owners contracts got cancelled.....My dream was frustrated again. I asked God why was this happening when He was the one who told me to leave ATL and come to HOU for law school. I was being obedient and I felt like life was kicking me when i was already down....Then I read your msg again. Then God spoke to me and said for me to read Mark 11:24 and then I remembered John Gray talked briefly at church last night on Psalms 5:12. Between your message, John Gray's sermon, and most importantly, listening to the voice of God, I am more convinced that no matter what happens God will still do the supernatural in my life. Thanks Coach, Because I care, T

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