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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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  • Nina Sacramento CA

    Thank you

  • Theressa Chicago, IL

    I have fought a tremendous battle from losing my ONLY parent at age 18 to battling cancer at 35. I lost a child to a drive by shooting in 2011 here in Chicago. YOU, & God Tyler inspire me to stay strong. This came at yet another down time in my life and I am lifted once again. Thank you & I love you.

  • Andre Manuel San Diego

    Mr. Perry thanks for that. I have been encouraged to try and make contact with you concerning writing a book that I'm sure you'll find inspiring, but only you can do it. If interested, please reply. This book will change lives!!!

  • Gabriel Ellis In the sky coming through a Cloud!!

    I am an Actor. Some people know me and some don’t. In this career that chose me, there are a lot of up’s and a lot of downs; more downs then up’s. In this line of work there are a lot of things that are not in your control; that hold you back, down, up, and all-around! Through all of the bumps and all the dark clouds and all the downs and the little bit of up’s, I know my Pilot has me! He says he has it all in control and I believe him! SO I GOT MY SEATBELT ON WHITE KNUCKLES AND I’M ON MY WAY TO A BRIGHTER DAY!! Thanks Tyler Perry!

  • Prudence Lokothwayo Witbank, South Africa

    Dear Tyler, thank u so much for this inspirational post. U know, I'm going through a winter season in my life & I won't give up cos I have so much to live for. The book of 2 Timothy 4:5 says " keep your head in all situations, endure hardship" & that's exactly what I'm doing cos I know that there is a blessing on the other side of the pain. Though times never last but though people do.


    Tyler, I saved this letter in my document file to refer back to when I need lifting up! I'm sitting here in the chemotherapy room with my brand new husband of four months. This was the PERFECT message for me this morning. It was in due season. Tyler, thank you so much for having inspiration to extend words of encouragement and comfort, you never know who life you are touching.


    Good morning beautiful man of God! Thank you again for your gifted words full of encouragement and great faith! They are my MORNING MOTIVATION. :) Having moved back to Atlanta this past summer from NEW YORK, I have lost one of my babies (my beautiful Golden Retriever, NIKITA unexpectedly, ) had to move to three different apartments all while returning to Life university to finish my Senior year and networking as an Actress in this new city of Atlana. I keep encouragining myself daily and with a supportive church environment, CHANGING A GENERATION, I WILL receive my BREAKTHROUGH TODAY! THANK YOU for reminding me MAN OF GOD, that IT IS MY SEASON NOW! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS, MONIQUE. :)

  • Kenyatta A. Smith Atlanta, Georgia

    WOW. All I want to say is WOW. I have started the purpose driven life to find my purpose in life as well as some other inspirational readings. I have been struggling with letting go of someone who has meant and still means so much to me. And then I get this email and confirmation. I have been afraid to live in my greatness and afraid to say "they were in your life for a reason or season, move on." But now I can soar and I am ready to spread my wings and go to that calm place that God has for me. I know that there may be other storms but I am no longer going fear flying above it all.

  • Antoinette Nartker Dayton, OH

    Mr. Perry, I haven't seen Temptation yet. I will see it as soon as possible. I have heard nothing but rave reviews on it. I am an author. I have a partner who gives me concepts, adds his flavor and color and works on the marketing end. Ten books and five proposals for five other books later and we still haven't even gotten an offer to publish one. So, this helped me. God is telling us to hang on. I think He's protecting us. I think He is hiding us. But we will rise higher. I follow you on Twitter and this site came up. I'm glad I read this this morning.

  • Veronica Hickman Harlem NY

    Thanks so much for this message.......love you with the Love of The Lord Mr. Perry. (And I can't wait to work with you)

  • Heavy heart

    Inspiring and yet depressing. How I wish I could walk out of my 9 to 5 & soar but when u have mouths to feed, it's not so easy and with life curve balls it makes it even worst. So I keep telling myself God will move me when he's ready 15yrs later I'm still here. What is a person to do? But It's always nice to hear how it works out for some.

  • chara Detroit

    Mr. Perry I'm willing to do internship......ty

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