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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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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Hi there Tyler.....Amen & Thank You :-) I always appreciate your words of encouragement...so grateful :-) You are such a kindhearted man God Bless You! Pssss. I'll be tuned in tomorrow and Weds for both episodes @ 9pm est...can't wait YAY!! Well Tyler I'm going Night Night Sweet Dreamzzzzz Ms. Proverbs :-)

    • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland #1839238

      Tyler Ok...wanted to say Thank You for knowing who you are and being anchored in Jesus not allowing anyone to change that....doesn't matter who they are...remember your grandma was singing "There's a storm out on the ocean and it's moving this ole way..if your soul not anchored in Jesus you will surely drift away" OMG..LOL! Nighty Night Tyler Ms. Proverbs :-)

  • N'na

    Amen!!! I love this message because I have many times when I actually do thank God for the prayers He didn't answer. I once witness to someone and share the testimony of how I am glad God didn't answer some of my prayers. When my husband and I first started looking for a house over 6 years we looked for 'houses in our budgets" but they were too small, needed to much repairs, were in the wrong neighborhood and it was frustrating because I was pregnant with child number 3. Don't you know 2 days before the baby was born we moved in the home we live now, in the most amazing community with godly helpful neighbors where are children are growing up with others as if we were a big happy adopted family. You can buy an amazing house but you can not buy an amazing community and each day this is the blessing that make me tell God thank you for never allowing us to buy the houses we use to pray about. I love to say that our house picked up we didn't picked it. It's WONDERFUL how God works you know :-) and this lesson has helped me to find some amazing calm and confidence when things don't work as expected because I know that GOD REALLY HAS MY BACK!

  • Victoria Florida

    I LOVE YOU, TYLER!!!! These words are alive and they are speaking to me in my situation. Thank you for being my Minister in this matter....Thank you!!!

  • Angela

    Thank you Tyler!! Once again your words of encouragement prove to be a source of inspiration for me. I am not disappointed at all that door closed .... that just means that God has something more for me..... I am still moving forward and I ain't about to quit. God is just building my testimony!!! We will talk soon... LOL!!!!

  • Catherine Jamaica

    Thank you for these wise words. Food for thought and action...

  • Jamaal AZ

    Wow this really spoke to me today! I have been in a maze of life nearly ever since graduating high school. Im now 28 in a state where I have been searching for a job for nearly 2 yrs and nothing has come up. Before this I graduated from a trade school for massage therapy and looking for a job in that didn't work out really because of the move so I moved to another route by searching for a job with a growing company as a call center person because I know I can do well in that field. Not giving up at all in that search for the perfec job where I can get benefits and establish myself and finally FINALLY get my own place. So I thank you for this Mr. Perry!

  • Ms. Sherry Duncanville, TX

    i had to laugh because when i read this my imagination started going and i forced the door open and i did not like what i saw. Yes! Thank GOD for closed doors and thank GOD for you Mr. Perry, The Encourager.

  • molly lusaka, Zambia, Southern Africa

    Its as if God woke me up to this! Found this blog and unbelievably its all I needed to hear!! Doors surely are closed for me right now and I was almost giving up on myself! Bankloan not approved, Company's nt doing well n not paying, rentals, school fees, food, relationships, NOTHING seems to work! Nothing!! Tyler, I honestly thank God for ur time of encouragement. You touch many lifes. You just did right here. Bless. (Can't wait for my doors to open tho)

  • A Place Where Even Dreams Believe Michigan

    You asked the question "Is this helping anybody?" Yes your messages help me and they seem to come at the perfect moment. I appreciate your words and thoughts. Be Blessed.

  • Maria Therese Halliday Manassas, VA

    Yes!!!! Unbelievably helpful! Doors have closed for me in the way of miscarriages, but this is a beautiful way to see that I can still have a family if I just look for the right path through the maze to it! Thank you!

  • Joel des sellers Nashville

    I know God meant for me to read your blog today. I have been feeling overwhelmed by all the rejection of my auditions. I literally have been scammed as of today by a fake casting company who said I was booked on Burn Notice. I was so excited! But, I'm a fighter, and I love acting, god will provide a new path. Thank You Tyler. I'm a huge dan. By the way my agency works with you. I'm with talent trek agency! God Bless.

  • Deirdre

    Thanks for your encouraging words again because you have touch so many lives its lie God gave you a word and so many people might feel down about doors closing and by you giving these encouraging words would inspire people to never give up because a better door would open and jut continue to place your faith in God. You can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthen you and if doors closed keep knocking and trying because God would always bring your dreams to pass. Thanks again for your words of encouragement.