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It's Time To Break Through

First, let me just say thanks for another great weekend for Temptation. The movie is doing just what I hoped it would do. It is speaking to marriages and relationships all over. Thank you for seeing it in the theaters. It really is changing lives.

Now on to why I'm writing. It's about 6am here. Really quiet. The kind of quiet where even a still small voice can sound like a scream. I was sitting here thinking about the first time I took a flight on a small private jet. Many of you know that I'm an aviation buff. I love planes and flying. That's crazy, seeing as how my passion for it started out as a way to get over my fears. And my first flight was my scariest.

That morning, when I got to the airport, it was cloudy, raining and cold. I told the pilots that I was a nervous flyer and asked how the weather was. He said, "it’s rough down low but great up high." Now I'm looking at the sky, it didn't look so great up high to me. But I said a prayer and got on. We took off. It was so turbulent. I was bouncing all over the place. I sat there thinking, "why would they tell me the weather was fine?"

After about ten minuets of being bounced around I asked the pilots why it was so rough. They told me that it would get better as soon as they were allowed to climb higher. I asked who was holding us at that altitude and they said Air Traffic Control. There were a lot of planes in the area and for our own safety we had to stay at that altitude. I sat down, bouncing around some more, white knuckled and all, until the flight attendant told me that we had just been cleared to climb higher. I felt the plane pitch up and the thrust of those powerful jet engines kick in. We bounced around some more. It seemed to have gotten worse. Visibility through my window was non-existent. I was about to ask them to land and let me off the plane. But then we broke through the clouds. There was the sun and the air was so smooth that it didn't even feel like we were moving.

By now, I'm sure you're wondering, "why am I reading all this?" Well, I’ll tell you. Flying through rough weather is a lot like making it through life. Sometimes there are a lot of dark clouds, a lot of bad moments. So bad that you want to give up or turn around like I wanted to. Sometimes you can't go higher because something or someone is trying to hold you back or you're being held at that altitude for your own safety. Sometimes you’re not ready to go higher. God is protecting you from yourself because he knows that you can’t handle going higher. Sometimes he’s hiding you, preparing you to be ready. (That gave me a million thoughts. I’ll save that for another email). Sometimes it's so dark you can't see which way to go. But just like air traffic control had to give us permission to go higher, this morning I wanted to give you permission to go higher. Climb!! The weather is so much better up there. The sun is shinning bright up higher. Stop living your life so low.

Now it's not going to be easy to get through those clouds. You’re going to have to hold your head up and use all the strength in your soul to get through, but you will. Use prayer as your fuel and go higher. You have just been given permission to climb higher. Fly above it all.

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  • M. US of America

    Living low? As in being enslaved to what other's ideas are for you to be, or being a follower, or living a debauched life. That's living low. Ask God for direction and He will guide you in the RIGHT one. I know that for a fact. M.

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  • Letha Brown Chicago Il

    WOW!Mr Perry,Ive been in the dark waiting for my signal for clearance for 30+yrs,2yrs ago GOD sent me a familiar spirit to help me build up my faith.Mr Tyler Perry,the interview you did with Ms Oprah Winfrey 2yrs ago,thats when my gift from GOD was delivered,that GOD FEARING SPIRIT that calm,humble just a loving SPIRIT that understand hurt and pain.NOW,I have seen my clearance signal,im close but,i need your guidance.You made it through but,with the help of familiar spiritual guidance.About 6 weeks ago i had a dream about Ms OPrah Winfrey and you.a week from that day i struggled with how i was gonna make that dream come true.The next week i got the numbers to TPS AND HARPO STUDIOS.I call TPS no answer.HARPO STUDIOS said i couldnt leave no message,said i have to get internet to contact Oprah Winfrey.I was lost.no money for the internet.So i started writing the life story of me,my sister and my mother.During the next week,I had another dream to stop writing and get the internet so you can give this story to oprah and tyler.Well the rest is history,on the internet.GOD worked his magic,i aint suppose to have the internet,not in my name but,it is.Im ready Mr Perry,just asking you to stretch your hands out and help guide me through.I can see the shadow of the sun through the cloud but,i cant feel the heat,i cant hear,i cant see no familiar SPIRIT here.I NEED YOUR SPIRIT TO HELP GUIDE ME THROUGH!Thank you for that story.i was going through this experience an didnt even know you had wrote about it already.you see what im saying about that familiar spirit.

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  • Monica Walker Flint,MI

    Hello, Mr. Tyler Perry I woke up this morning with a heavy heart and not understanding why my prayers haven't been answered. I give so much of the little that I have and times are rough but, I stay focused as well as strong and reading the encouraging stories you posted gave me a lot more fuel to carry me higher. Thanks, for being here for anyone that needs you! May God keep blessing us all.

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  • Liz Davis

    Just enjoyed, Madea's Class Reunion again. Happy Birthday. Forgiveness has blessed my life. I use my weight loss of 200 pounds to encourage Others. Thank you for encouraging me.

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  • jackie chicago

    Mr. perry Your so right it seem so hard at time to get where I want to be every time I take a step something or someone push me back two,three , trying press on to the cloud's sometime's I feel there is no way I can make it and so many things go wrong. But when i tell myself to move on and keep trying . I have a son that has mental illness he got in some trouble going on 7 years ago and still cant come home it hurt like someone have just took my own life from me I talk to him everyday but its still hard he is doing much better. I try to keep my head up for him and tryin to keep busy I most my son love he call to make sure am alright he is a good young and well like but sometime people would talk misuse him because of his illness Iknow god will bring me out of all this pushin forward tryin to start my own business now that you Mr.perry for you emails and picture of your home when I look at the picture of your home and the places you go it seem to give me peace may god keep on blessing you.

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  • Franchaeon Young Saint Louis , Mo

    Thank you Tyler.I needed that....because I'm stuck right now...but I know that I MUST BREAK THROUGH....

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  • Patricia Kentucky

    Thank you for your wonderful plays and movies. I just saw for Black Women on BET and cried all the way through it. A few of the characters are rolled up within me. The poetry reminded me of Maya Angelou. I took a lot from this movie, even though I'm an old crusty white woman. ;-) I so wish I had been given the gift, in my younger years, of a man who was able to express life emotions the way you do. I would have loved that man. Thank you for sharing your talents and for giving us something to think about from your films!

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  • gillian henry trinidad and tobago

    thank you I am living my life low after GOD saved me cleaned me up and made me better I went back I messed up I betrayed GOD I did to him what I did everyone else and now I feel so disappointed in myself all GOD ever wanted for me was good things but I still wanted to look back but now is the time for me to come up higher how I am going to do that I don't know but I want JESUS in my life I cant live without him he is my everything how did I get here I don't know thank u for your words of encouragement

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    • Patricia Kentucky #1826048

      Gillian, you are so brave! I'm sure everyone who has read your comment is proud of you for not giving up and for seeking help. You are a child of God. You couldn't have picked a better father! Talk to Him as often as you need Him and strength will come. Always remember, Jesus is walking with you. Look down at His footprints in the sand...next to hour's.

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  • Sheryl Johnson Atlanta, GA

    Yesterday, I went to see "Temptation", mostly because I've been a fan of Jurnee Smollett (Bell) since Eve's Bayou. While the movie wasn't among my favorites (count Mr. Deeds and For Colored Girls), I was impressed that you continue to deal with the subject of HIV and how it continues to impact our community. A week ago today I turned 64 and I feel pretty good for a " Sista" who has lived with the virus for 18 years and was infected by a brother "on the down low" who (lied and) insisted that he was not having sex with other men. I have always wanted to tell my story, culminating in a one woman show that would highlight those experiences in my life that have kept me strong including marriage, divorce, affairs, abortions (legal and otherwise), mental illness in Black families (my mother is 92 years young and living with bi-polar syndrome) and of course the elephant that is always in the room, namely dealing with HIV. I do believe that I have a story to tell and the good Lord's willing "and the creek don't rise" I'll get that story published and perhaps one day you'll be making a movie about me! Keep up the good work, Tyler. You are a Godsend in so many ways. . . .

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  • Casandra Brown Jefferson City Mo

    Hi Tyler it is so awesome that you are teaming up with Ms. Oprah Winfrey net work. What will be more powerful and awsome is if you also had your own radio show. Tyler I have had the opportunity to do my own radio show for the past twenty years hear in my area which is Jefferson City Mo. It is my desire that I own my own radio station are even work at a radio station full time. I know that god give you the desire of your heart because his word says so. I am a beliver. I realize that god never fail. So if he put this thought in your heart and your spirit please look me up and I will love you come and work for you. The radio station here call later are KJLU 88;9 your gospel station. Now we only have gospel on sunday from 6-12 am. We are truly hurting for gospel music. I have volinteer for the pass tweenty years, so I decided to give some one else the opportunity to do it. My desire is to serve the lord. Thanky you Mr. Perry for reading this letter and god bless you and your entire family and staff. You are such an awesome man of god...

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  • Ariana

    I sure hope to work with you one day because even if we never meet, just watching the way you are being used is breathtaking.

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    All I'm gonna say is, "TYLER!"

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