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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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  • Ena Detroit

    I really am inspire by you Mr. Perry I lost my Madea (mom) April 4th 2011 and my faith is strong in the Lord but you and Your messages have been a blessing to many so Say thank God for you and blessings to you and Yours.

  • aurelia Georgia

    It was a wonderful story thanx for sharing it.

  • nonkqubela South Africa

    What a touching story! Blessed ar those who give, keep up! Now that I know my feet ar off the ground I'll never take 4granted the position that God blessed me w**

  • Kimberlee Atlanta

    If we continue to help one another, everyones feet will be off the ground. I am waiting to get my feet off the ground as we speak. I needed this today. Thanks, and God Bless

  • susie q cape cod

    hey myfeet are always above ground im a very strong minded woman myparents made me who iam today i dealt with a alcoholic mother & mental illed father

  • javon woodland raleigh,nc

    Thank you for posting this a real eye opener.......

  • tara crew Atlanta

    Thank you

  • Nikke

    Now that is Love...not what it makes us feel, but what it makes us DO. We LOVE you too Tyler!

  • Tanya South Africa

    Awesome...jst Awesome!!!!

  • Lisa Gary, IN

    I loved It! I think we all have the opportunity to be a blessing to everyone, I am inspired by this story to ask God to lead me to those who I can bless. Thank you for sharing.

  • Janoea K. Arkansas

    That is great to look up to this morning sometimes all it takes is a little story, or motivation to see that things are not as bad as they seem. Thank you Tyler a really big fan. J. K.

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