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My Feet are Off the Ground!

Hey everybody!

This morning I woke and was so frustrated about all the stuff I'm dealing with, trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth and start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me about a year ago.

I was walking to my car and this woman who looked to be homeless started walking towards me. I'm ashamed to say this but I thought, "I don't feel like being hustled today." Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen. As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, "Here goes the sales pitch". She said "Excuse me sir, I need some shoes". Can you help me? My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second.

I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, "My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground!" Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot that, "My feet are off the ground!"

I thought, "Wow! All she wanted was some shoes." She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her. I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes still crying. I was so touched I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and she had nowhere to go and that God would make a way for her. I said to myself, "He just did." Her faith and her praise moved me.

I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet. I had someone that worked for me to check on her from time to time and make sure that she had food and clothes. After about a month or so we lost touch but I never forgot her.

This past summer I was shooting "Daddy's Little Girls" and this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn't recognize her face but her eyes were familiar. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. It was her! She told me that the little help that I had given her changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well.

I said all of that to say this. After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, "My feet are off the ground!"

I wanted to share this with you just to let you know that when I say that I am thankful for you, I really mean it. And when I say that you are a blessing to me, I mean it. We take so much for granted sometimes that I just wanted all of you to know that I am grateful to God for you everyday.

Thank you for being in my life,


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  • klajah socree New jersey

    What God has for you it is for you. You are a GREAT man!God put you hear for a great reason. You are so inspiring. You give great advice . Keep God in whatever you do and it will be successful. Love for who you are, my brother in Christ!!!!:)

  • Nathaniel Montgomery, Sr. Lathrop, CA.

    Hi Tyler, My name is Nathaniel Montgomery, Sr., a proud father of three, and four beautiful grand kids. I'm writing to you to share something very special. My son is an artist, and he creates portraits with words. He's created one of Oprah, President Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a host of others. Since you are a good friend of Oprah's, I'm trying to help him find a way to get the one of her to her. My son creates these portraits by hand on canvas. The one he created of Oprah, he used to lyrics to one of the theme songs on the movie The Color Purple, "Maybe God's Trying To Tell You Something." You should see this portrait. He would like to give her that one, and also create on especially for you. All of his work is custom one of a kind. I don't care on what side of the world you're on, you wont find another like it. Most of his work is personal, he would like to someday sell copies of the one he created of Oprah. As much as she love the movie, there are thousands of followers who would appreciate having a copy. Please do not hesitate to give me a call if you would like to see my son's work. As a matter of fact, he don't know that I am writing to you, but would be more than happy to speak with you to see if there's something he could do for you. I know you are a very busy man, so I'll close for now, take care, and may God continue to shine his ever loving light on you and your family. Thanks, Nathaniel Montgomery, Sr. Lathrop, CA.

  • Maria Hlongwane South Africa

    God has his ways of bringing people together and touching us to change others lives. This is an incredible story. It teaches us the importance and value of helping those troubled in life without judging them.

    • zukiswa machila South Africa, city of East London #1762174

      Dearest Tyler. I have always enjoyed and looked forward to watching your movies. They are about us Black people. Any of us can relate and take lessons from them. I loved Daddy's little girls cause they reminded me so much of husband. The diary of a mad black woman taught us to stop taking our patners for granted and that we should learn to understand the sacrifices that we make for one another when one patner takes care of the home and the other is working. Madea's family reunion taught me the importance of family an I got to learn about Maya Angelo(I knew nothing about her before the movie) I watched you when you discussed the topic of Sexual abuse of children with Oprah(200 men). I found yound to be a sensitive gentleman and I knew that when you write these scripts, all of that comes from your heart and I would like to thank you for showing us that good men are still out there. Zukie

  • Tomasi Raikivi Suva, Fiji Islands

    Bula ( Greeting) Mr. Perry, God is awesome and indeed he shows us through others of how we can be blessed by offering our blessing and help to others around us even if you feel they might be less important in our lives. God Bless, Tomasi.

  • tabitha martey tema, Ghana

    am really touched by dis story of urs i also fnk da Lord for having pple lyk u on our lifes . U're also a blessing to me and family. God bless

  • Mary Montgomery

    I like the story about the Lady that just wanted a pair of shoes. I have found myself complaining a lot lately. I do thank God (Jesus) for all he has done for me and my children. But lately I have been so deeply involved in my personal problems. That I didn't realize how much I was complianing. I know God had to be angry with me. But the next time I want to complain I am going to think about the lady that was thankful for a pair of shoes. Truly, Mary Ann

  • Naomi Domino Darrow LA.

    Wow that's awesome!!!! I'm thankful for you...

  • Dominic A. Parson Fayetteville , NC

    Thank you for bring your stage play The Haves and Haves not to the Fayetteville, NC area. The home of 82nd AIRBONE and Special Forces HOOO AH.

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  • Jonathan Perkins Birmingham

    Funny Story, First Of All I Must Speak Before I Come On Your Site and Begin to Blabber!! Hey Tyler How Ya Doing Man..I Really Pray all Is Well With you and Yours..I really Enjoy Your Work But Most Of All I Appreciate The Things That You Do That Go Unnoticed By The Media..Ok,Now!I Saw This Post when you initially Post It and I Read it As I Am Subscribed To Your Mssg Board And FB Page..Anyway, Something Similar Happen to Me The Other Day,I Was Coming Home From Work The Other And There Was This Woman Who was Walking down the Street With A Limp, I Passed Her By,and As I was Looking In My Review something Came Over Me Saying Stop And Ask Her If There Is Anything I Could Help Her With Maybe A ride To Where She Was going At Least...I Didn't Stop! I Made it to My House which is about 2 Miles Down the Street..Got In The House,But The Feeling Of Wanting to Help Her Was Eating at My Soul..So After About 5 Mins Of Guilt Or Whatever It was That Was Troubling Got the Best Of Me,I Got Back Into My Vehicle PRAYING that She was Still Somewhere On that Road and She Was!! Lo and Behold She was @ the Bus Stop In Front Of the Store which was about 10 steps away from where I Saw Her Walking..I Can't Lie And Say That I Gave Her Money Or A Ride or That Matter,But My Conscience Was At Ease KNOWING That I Had A Chance To Make The Situation Right and Did So..Man I'm Glad That She Was There Because That Would Have Haunted Me For A While..Just Wanted To Share That..Its Good To See You Help The Less Fortunate..If Know One Told You Today That They Are Proud Of You Today, I'm Telling You Now..From One Black Man To Another I'm Proud Of You Brother..Don't Know If That Means Much But Do Know There Is A Guy That Lives In Birmingham Name Jonathan Perkins That Thinks Your Pretty Awesome!! May The Bread Of Heaven Feed You Untill You Want No More..Hope To Meet You Someday~ Everything Has Its Appointed Time! JESUS IS CHRIST!

  • vannie raleigh nc

    I just love your work and I love the article my feet are off the ground, it bought tears to my face. Tyler you are so gifted and smart some of the comments I read about Kim K . I personally like the movie and I am a black young woman I know some of the harsh comments about the role she play in the movie, was not so nice, but I feel that you felt that at the time that was ok about that. You do not make people do what they do and also you have to do what you feel is ok and pray that you have made good choice. I love you like I said before and after no one is perfect. Keep up the great work and God will continue to bless you in this industry.

  • Teniesha Clay South Korea

    Praise God for you, Tyler Perry. Your radical faith had been such an inspiration to my life and I appreciate reading this story so much. When I think I'm at my lowest point in my life- I think of your testimony and say to myself, "I'll never be as great as him because my struggles are not as great as his."

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