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I Thank God For Closed Doors

When I wake up in the morning and see the sunrise as I’m running, I thank God for new mercies every day. As I was running this morning I started thinking about this and you know how much I like to share my morning thoughts… LOL

I was out just thinking about my life and all the times that I wished that a door had opened. All the times I had promoters and people lie to me saying that they would help me... I remember wishing the bank would approve my loan request for a house or a car (usually one I couldn’t afford at the time). I wished that this person would help me or that person would do something to help my business, or this person would help my dreams come true. 

As I look back now I’m so glad that none of those situations worked out. I’m so glad God closed those doors because they forced me to find the right path for me. If you’re in this situation and you feel like doors are closing all around you and you are frustrated, here’s something I’d like you to think about: Life can be like a living maze. You know what a maze is. In a maze, you start out at one end and your objective is to find your way to the finish line.

Many times you may make a turn and hit a dead end and you have to go another way. Just like life, that door closing on you sends you another way. It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, it just means you need to go another way. If you keep moving, eventually you will get to where you’re going.

Another thing that is important when you’re in a maze, as in life, is to remember where you have been. If you get turned around and confused in a maze, in order to get out, you have to remember the dead-ends that you have already hit. Just like in life you have to remember all the doors that were closed so you don’t waste time going that way again. If you want to get to your dreams you can’t expect to get there by doing the same thing and going to the same spots. You must try something different. I’m not saying give up on your dream, I’m saying try another path to the same dream. Same maze, same dream, but take a different direction to get there.

I feel sorry for people who have a dream and give up because it gets hard. Let me tell you something, "IT’S GOING TO GET HARD!" And my answer to that is, "SO WHAT? MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!" Don’t stop because a door closed. I have learned to thank God for closed doors. You have to know that if God wanted you to go that way, no man could close that door. But for some reason he allowed that door to be closed, but if that one was closed I assure you that there is one that is open somewhere. And it’s the right one. Don’t stop until you are living your dream. 

Is this helping anybody?


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  • Sees Oahu, HI

    Amazing! I may be late in reading this, but I'm glad I read it today. :) Exactly what I needed to read.

  • Amily Canada

    Thank you for sharing. I'm currently in that situation. It seems all the doors were closed on me. But I know God still love me. He must prepare some other path for me to find out. I won't give up.

  • Karen Cali

    Tyler this helps....just the kick in the pants I need to stop feeling sorry for my self because things are hard on the journey. Going back to the closed door really resonates because that is what I have done recently d/t job loss. I'm going to let that go and continue looking for other doors and avenues with prayer.....Thanks.....K

  • LJ N.C.

    Yes it's helping me, in a matter of fact its right on time for this season that im in. I'm so proud of you; continue and endure to the end. May I also remind you/ that the enemy is busy. So don't let them tie up your time with projects that will lure you from your assignments/instructions from the Spirit our Lord Christ. You are in my prayers.

  • SLW TX

    It's helping me… Yesterday my husband received bad news. Due to military cut backs were may be getting kicked out January 2015. He at 18 were are both 30. All we know is the military way. We have 2 kids and I scared. My heart was heavy thinking of what may happen. But reading this has relaxed my soul. We will find another way in the maze. ~Thanks:)

  • Kim Hawkins windermere, fl 34786

    Yes, helping me--I've lost my luster + my drive --obsessing about conversations where I didn't defend myself... why did it happen? what could I have done different? bla-bla-bleeche.... I stumbled into Tyler Perry's inspirational blog/videos and he seems very honest yet humble and because he seems real AND successful, his words move me. Thank you. -Kim from the swamp of Windermere, Fl CEO WATERGRAPHICS

  • Kavitha NJ

    Yes it's absolutely true. Closed door makes us to hold on and walk on..... Thank you so much for this article which from the bottom of heart.

  • Heidi S. Maryland

    Needed to hear this today. Thanks for the encouragement

  • Linda Denver, Colorado

    I googled for a phrase and God lead me to your page. I see people struggling every day needing a positive message. Thank you for taking the time and being willing to share this message. Blessings to everyone who reads this & to you too Tyler!

  • Marian

    You have no idea! I needed to hear that today! God bless you :)

  • Shineka Johnson Fayetteville, NC

    You know Mr. Perry everything that you say I can relate to. I went to prison back in 2006 and I was released in 2010 and since I have been home it seems that everything is trying to pull me down. I think that I'm doing well for myself for the most part but would be doing even better if I was in one of your plays :) lol anyhow when I think that I'm doing good here come the devil to try and destroy me again. I want to live right because it feels good to do right. I have done so much wrong and it landed me somewhere my family couldn't get me out of and believe it or not I was in your hometown Louisiana locked away far from family. Only GOD kept me. Sometime like you say we go down a path that isn't right for us so we have to go another way and I'm trying to do that but it seems I just can't seem to get on top when I think things are going well. I had so many dreams and it seems that time has passed me by I'm 35 but before I got to this age I had goals that I wanted to accomplish and never made it, but I pray that GOD will bless me with the desire of my heart as long as I continue to live for him. I try so hard and you inspire me when I read your messages because you have came a long way to and you know what it feels like to always be put down and treated like nothing. I pray that GOD continue to bless you inspite of all things that people say about you I love you and your plays, movies anything with Tyler Perry in it. So we just have to know that people are gonna talk about us whether we are dead or alive. Stay inspired please........ Shineka Johnson

  • RiaKay africa

    God bless u Tyler thats all i can say! going thru a tough time but i believe i was lead to this page to read this

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