Tyler Perry.com

Home

Guard Your Heart and Mind

If you can get this, this will change your life… I was out taking my morning run. I love how still it is when I’m running. I can hear clearly and really commune with God. I wanted to share this with you. It’s a lesson I had to learn.

One of the keys to success is to be able to guard your heart. Now, usually when someone says guard your heart they are talking about keeping yourself from heartbreak. Although that is important (as long as you don’t go overboard... but that’s another conversation) that isn’t what I’m talking about. When we are born into this world we enter with such a pure heart but as we grow older situations, circumstances and people tend to make us change. Now I know it is nearly impossible to keep a childlike innocence in our hearts all of our lives, especially after people have betrayed, lied, mistreated and downright been the devil. Trust me when I tell you, I have seen it all. I have been there big time. If you’re like me you’ve been there too. But if this is your situation I want you to know two very important things about those moments of heartbreak. Number one, learn the lesson in it. See how it will work together for your good, because it will. Once you do, it’s easier to forgive and move on. Secondly, and this is just as important as the first one, you must not let that person or people change your heart. What do I mean by that? Well, if you are a giver and someone you have given to misuses your gift, don’t stop giving… just give to someone else. If you are a person that loves people and someone you love hates you, don’t stop loving… love someone else. Eventually, you will find people who appreciate your kindness and your love. Remember this, lots of people have been conditioned to not be able to accept purity of heart. They can’t take it in. Most times it’s not even their fault. It’s just what has happened to them on their journey in life. But don’t let them turn you into one of them. There will be a lot of people in your life who will not appreciate your pureness of heart. If they hurt you don’t stop being you… just be you with someone else.


Why is this so important? Because God blesses you according to what is in your heart. If you are being kind, giving, loving and sharing because it is in your heart and you are not looking for anything in return, then that is a heart that God wants to bless. If you change who you are because you’ve been hurt, then you’ve changed the thing that God wants to bless you according to, and that is your heart. The people who hurt you are not worth that. You can lose everything that you have, but don’t let anybody change your heart.

Tyler

Comments (page 11)

Post Comment
  • Debra Little staten island NY

    Hi Tyler i know how it feels, always was a giver to family, friends i worked all my life for the city, had to retired early do to a disablity, so got down on my luck for a while if it wasn't for my 2 daughters taking care of me i dont know what i would do, great young ladies. No one else came to my aide, thats when i started to protect my heart cause it was hurting for a long time. But know im doing much better for myself got all of my back money, brought a car for my daughter, and everybody started calling again but you know what i did i protected my heart and act the same way ive been acting to them, but im protecting my heart and money stays in my wallet. Love you!!!

    Reply
  • jannifer Myrtle Beach, SC

    This "Guard your heart" message goes deep. It is very very inspiring. Let the church say AMEN. God has spoken..

    Reply
  • Denise North Chesterfield, VA

    Tyler, first I want to say an early happy birthday and you have deserved every day of those 8 weeks of time off....I can take 2 days off and have trouble going back so I thank God you could get away. The message guarding your heart was so timely for me and just a confirmation of what I've been telling myself not to allow (being cynical and sour). Thank you for the wonderful emails as I am still resisting twitter, facebook, and other forms of social media. Continue to walk in God's blessing and anointing upon your life and I hope to see the play when it gets to Richmond, VA.

    Reply
  • Shaheerah Kennesaw, GA

    Mr. Perry, I know you have thousands of responses to this message between here and Facebook and will probably never read this, but I just had to come here and say that I always look forward to getting your emails. I don’t “follow” many celebrities through Facebook/E-Mail, because, no offense to anyone, I don’t understand putting so much hype into a person just like me that doesn’t know me from the next guy and I personally don’t know either. I have to say though that I always look forward to reading your emails, it’s almost like getting a letter from an old friend, they are genuine, so encouraging, and so full of good advice; I love the personal anecdotes and I can really tell through your messages that you care about people in general. I really respect the fact that you are able to inspire and lift up so many people through your work and I strive to be able to do the same one day. I am so glad that you have not let negative experiences or fame change who you are because I (and so many others) think who you are is just great!!! P.S. I was bummed when you said you would be taking a break from plays, I really love them. The plays always have such an uplifting message behind them, are hilarious, and always have such amazing singers/actors. I’m even more bummed that I won’t get to see Madea get a job live. Hopefully you don’t have to take too too long of a break ;) and I’ll get to catch the next one.

    Reply
  • Derrick Db. Coleman Houston, TX

    Guard your Heart ...... Sir, that was such an on time word... Wow, I've always been the person that loves helping people, I've been that way since I was a kid.. I've been the saint that would open my doors for people to stay with me , so they wouldn't be homeless, but in turn they would skip out and leave just when times got a lil ruff for me. This has happened so many times, until it made me not want to be that person to help. Yea, it hurt but I got over it and like you said, just helped someone else. I'm grateful to God for giving me a heart to want to just bless folks . I missed an opportunity today to bless a homeless person I saw standing with a sign bc the light changed .. So, I turned around and went back just to put something in his hand and a God loves you sir. I felt so good after I did that. I believe one day, God is going go bless me in a big way to be a major blessing to a lot of people. I said all that to say Thank You for sharing your story, at times I thought I was the only one that felt this way. Praying for your continued success ... Derrick Db. Coleman

    Reply
  • chisanshi malama london

    This came in the knick of time!I am oneof those people who are givers. I belisve in giving whether its tithes charity homeless people and I give even when I dont have anything its like something I cant control. recently found out a very close friend has just been misusing my kindness and bragging it hurt me so much but this message helped me feel better and realise even when people laugh at me its ok to be who I am

    Reply
  • Frisco Brown Afghanistan

    I assume by now you realize GOD is working through you, because your life in itself is a testimony (as if you needed me to tell you that), one in which millions of your fans including myself have acknowledged. I love...love...love this message, it speaks volumes to so many situations in life and I personally experience it all the time. Just recently I had a talk with my wife about this very same topic, and I expressed to her that I'm trying my very best to give everyone the benefit of the doubt with any situation. It's so easy to pre concieve someone based on past experiences, but I'm starting to realize that if I say I am a christian and I want to live my life according to his word then I have to not only speak but walk it as well. It certainly is a struggle sometime, but I ultimately feel that I am blessed and highly favored so god got my back and I know that if god is for you who can be against you . One last thing before I go. I use to dream about meeting you and somehow having enough charisma that you actually like me and develop a friendship (as I'm sure all your fans do), and the reason why is because I felt that If I could just be in your presence and possibly absorb some of your energy then I could create my own success. As I've gotten older I see that I don't have to be in your presence to have that I just have to keep god first...create some goals, follow through with them and stay prayed up. It would be great to still meet you in person, and if we were meant to cross paths then it will happen. -Be blessed

    Reply
  • MISS, DIANE KING miami fla

    MR,TYLER PERRY JUST WANT TO SAY HI, YOU"RE MY GREATEST FAN. I "M INSPRIE BY YOU, ONCES WAS HOMLESS SO I CAN RELATE TO YOUR STORY BUY I BATTLED ADDICTION. NOW TRYING TO GIVE BACK WHAT I STRUGLE WITH TO THE COMMUNTY PRAY FOR ME , GOD BLESS ME TO HELP PEOPLE OVERCOME WHAT I BATTLE WITH. LOVE YA CONTINUE TO BE A BLESSING

    Reply
  • LAKEIA MIDTOWN ATL

    AMEN 2 THE SPOKEN WORD OF TRUTH....LET ME SHARE SOME ENCOURAGEMENT 4 EVERYONE MY DEAR FRIEND***********GOD*********** PUTS PPL ON OUR LIVES 4 ******SEASONS*** & HIS REASONS***- & WHEN THEIR PURPOSE HAS BEEN FULFILLED THEY ARE REMOVED & REPLACED WITH OTHERS 2 COMFORT OR JUST 2 SHOW US THERE IS BETTER CHOICES....& ALSO 2 BRING US BACK 2 HIM...THERE IS ALWAYS REASURANCES IN KNOWING HE IS ALWAYS THERE WITH OPEN LOVING ARMS" &.HE NEVER GETS TIRED OF US.......THIS MESSAGE IS SUCH A STRUGGLE 4 ALL OF US.*****--BLESSINGS**---LOVE***----- & ***-PEACE******* ALWAYS***********

    Reply
    • lakeia J. mid town Atl #1738440

      TALK ABOUT..... "thoughts from the Heart & Soul"?... u nailed it......God has purposed u 2 disciple TRUTH All of our setbacks...heart aches only Makes Us Stronger in Him....We open out Hearts bcuz he allows is 2 share our Lives & Love with others on Many Levels...A good example os thru FORGIVENESS & MOVING FORWARD.......ONE OF MY TEAR-JERKER MOVIES...A WALK TO REMEMBER...IT TEACHES US THAT LOVE SHOULD BE AS THE WIND...ALWAYS FEELING IT....BUT NOT ALWAYS ABLE 2 SEE IT..L*O*V*E IS ENDIRANCE & KEEPING YOUR FAITH ALIVE............

      Reply
  • Virginia DELAWARE

    Hello Tyler, Thank you for those words of inspiration. Virginia

    Reply
  • EJ Va.

    It is hard to guard a heart against change when never knowing the person one is supposted to be from a young age, then one deals with life's circumstances that darkens one's heart to the woulda, shoulda, could have beens.

    Reply
  • Kevin Memphis,TN

    I wanted to make a comment on the statement by Tyler Perry which read, "God blesses you according to what is in your heart." First off, I would like to know what scripture is that from. Second, I don't believe this is true that God blesses you according to what is in your heart. The Bible "clearly" states that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. So what that tells me is that just people get blessed (pure heart) and unjust people get blessed (bad heart). It is really getting out of hand with people throw out these "catchy phrases" that sound good like this one made by TP and we just say Amen because it sounds good. The truth is God decides who He wants to bless and who He does not. There are so many examples in the Bible about God blessing people who did not have good hearts. The Bible even says in Romans, God showed His greatest love in sending us Jesus while we were yet sinners." So, God sent HIS BEST IN JESUS while we quote on quote had bad hearts (sinners) We just need to be careful about giving our Amen to stuff that sounds good but it not scripture. Does God bless "sometimes" according to what is in your heart, yes. But, THAT IS NOT a condition in order to be blessed.

    Reply
    • Derrick Db. Coleman Houston, TX #1738434

      OMG, I'm all for that, but sir, the man was just sharing an encouraging word , and here you go being all deep, Lawd .. Calm down !!!!!

      Reply
If Loving You Is Wrong Premieres In