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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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  • Albertina Tanzania

    i am grateful for you, your good work and the lives that are touched through what you do. God bless you

  • Jeannie de Maarten Miami

    Thank you for sharing your humility through your experiences. Mr. Tyler Perry you are loved and admired. May the Peace of Our Lord Jesus always reign in your heart!

  • LaSonya Thompson New York

    I felt the same way when I recently went on a Missions Trip with my Church in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to help the Spring 2011 Tornado Impacted families in Birmingham, AL. An individual may be minding their own business and devastation appears on the scene. Praise God for recovery, restoration and redirection.

  • Nnyana Masoloko Dallas,Texas

    Tyler I am moved by this story-we need people like you who touches lives in a special way.I pray to God to bless you every day.so thankful to know someone like you.

  • Isa Carolina Florida

    Is very teaching what happened that day, it show to all of us the many ways that God test our heart and wisdom to help others...but really we are helping God

  • Helen E.Usenekong Calabar,Nigeria

    Tyler,I'm sitting here in my office literally dyin of shame. I KNOW I don't express my gratitude to my heavenly father enough.My God is awesome.

  • Rebecca A montreal canada

    Wow! Speechless. The favor of God is on you. I will continue to pray for you so that God continue to give you more so you could help others.

  • Claudia Lebanon, TN

    Wow! Now talking about giving a testemony! Thank you for sharing this changing life event! "My feet are off the ground"! I will remember this everytime I want to start complaining about something!

  • Iamconniespeaks Chicago

    Thank you Tyler for remembering your fans. May God continue to bless you in your work. I pray for your strength to keep going. Without God & your fans, you could not do it. Thank you for making us laugh, good clean laughing. God bless.

  • Shavon Camden, AR

    That was very powerful. We all should cherish each other and not take each other for granted. I read ur messages all the time. Rether its on Twitter or thru mi email. Cont to let God use you.

  • Priscila Chiwapura East London,South Africa

    I always look forward to read your tweets .they really inspire me.I am humbled always .God bless you sir ,in all your undertakings.

  • Tracy Powell pompano beach, florida

    Wow. Thats something to praise God for. I love you so much Tyler and you really do inspres me to go forth with the vision and gifts God has given me, therefore I am putting on my first play here locally and I am afraid but I know I must go on, I hear that when I think about you my friend. Love you and stay with God for He will definitely stay with you.

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