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We Can Do Better!

A couple of days ago a storm came through here that was crazy. I’ve never seen that much hail and rain.  It reminded me of when I was living in my old house. Every time there was a bad storm I had to go through some major things to get the lights back on in the house. One time there was a storm so bad that lightning hit the house and all the power went out. I looked across the street and my neighbor had power, so I knew the problem was just in my house.

Stay with me, I’m going somewhere here…

I knew I had to get to the circuit breaker to fix what was going on. Now, in my old house, the breaker box was in the attic, and in order to get to it I had to climb a ladder, go up a flight of stairs and then climb over an air conditioning unit, all the while trying to not step through the ceiling joist or I would go straight through the sheet rock. And imagine trying to do all of this in the dark. But I had to do it if I wanted lights on in my house.

I got to the breaker box and started turning the breakers back on. For those of you who are not up on your DIY (do it yourself, LOL), the circuit breakers protect the house from further damage by turning themselves off if they get too much power or pull too much power to them.

As I was thinking about this yesterday I started thinking about us as people, as souls... me, you and any other human on this planet. What is common about us all is that we all, at one time or another, will go through or have been through a storm, and sometimes the storms are so bad that they turn off circuit breakers in our lives. We can look at others who have gone through the same storm and they are fine, like my neighbor across the street. They had power, but I was in the dark. Same storm, but it affected me differently. Many people can have the same experience and get over it but it affects each of us differently. Never let someone tell you to just get over it because they did. It’s not that simple.

When circuit breakers shut down in our lives they usually turn off to protect us from trauma, but just because they turn off doesn’t mean that they are supposed to stay off. A lot of times we leave them off because we don’t want to do all that is necessary to reach the breaker box to turn them back on. So what happens? We begin to live a life that is not as bright and fulfilling as it was originally designed to be. You just stay in the dark because it’s easier to not go through what you need to go through for healing. Trust me, I’ve been there, lived there for a while until I realized that I wanted all the lights on in my soul. I had to get these breakers back on.

Why am I saying this to you? Well I know that God designed all of us to live the fullest life that we can, to live in the light, love and joy. It is my hope and prayer today that you will start to do the work to turn on some of the breakers that may have been turned off in your life by difficult moments. What do I mean by that? If you have a dream and you stopped dreaming because it got too hard, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on. If you decided that you wouldn’t love anyone else because you’ve been hurt, that’s a breaker that’s been turned off. Turn it back on. If you have decided to give up on life because nothing seems to go right, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on. If you have given up on your kids because they won’t do the right thing, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on.

You see what I mean? Go through your life and look at all the people who have hurt you. Look at all the situations that have left you in the dark. Turn those breakers back on. Live in a full house. One of my favorite scriptures says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.”  Light up your soul!

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  • Anna Chambers Chicago, IL

    This was a powerful message. If this could reach the entire world, it would be great. Keep up the good work you are doing Tyler. Don't let no one turn you around!

  • Jacquelyn Williams United States

    I so needed this message today! God truly gives Us what we need. Thank you for allowing yourself to be a messenger of Good News!

  • RUdo Moyo Zimbabwe

    Thank you for such inspiring words.

  • Antoinette ATL Metro

    This message spoke to my soul! I wrote Zephaniah 3:19,20 on an index card 13 years ago and have held onto it since it came to me in a way that can only be described as Providence. I have a dream so big and so seemingly impossible that only God can accomplish it. I wait for the day that all that afflicts me will be undone and it will finally be my turn to stand in the sun after many years of darkness, heartache and disappointments. Thank you for the words of encouragement at a time I needed them the most!

  • Elaine pensacola,Fl

    Thank you for the word you passed on today in We Can Do Better! My heart needed that today :)

  • Patricia

    Tyler, I am glad to hear you say that.

  • Tammy Wv

    Can I just say thanks and I'm sending you love...

  • Nomsa sithole winterveldt ,SouthAfrica

    Wow insipiring words indeed all I can say is tht I am lighting up my soul

  • Colleen Bridgeport

    You are my angel today. Your email was so right on time that Im stunned.You just know when GOD is using someone to speak to you. Thank You Tyler Perry for letting the LORD to use you to lift me up and remind me to keep looking up. Colleen

  • CarSandra Indianapolis

    Thanks, Tyler!! So full of emotion after reading this. Honestly, God always knows when you need an encouraging word. I'm so inspired, replacing my circuit breaker! God bless!

  • khalil New Orleans, La.

    Well your words bring some comfort , but my life makes me feel worst than ever before . I say that cause people are so judgemental, especially those close to you. I've contemplated taking my own life several times, but I dont; I just cry more for my family . Hoping that my faith will pull me thru. But everyday life is depressing when my actions caused my problems.

    • Colleen Bridgeport #1806783

      Just hold on to your faith. GOD knows where you are and whats going on, and HE'S coming.

    • TinyT NB, Canada #1806844

      Hi Khalil, Stay strongggggg. U are here for a purpose and for a time as this. Don't ever loose faith and the Lord will do a real good thing sooner than you think

  • Carole G United States

    Only a Tyler Perry kind of story. (Temptation) Wow! Now about the circuit breakers, funny about what you had to go through. I won't huff and puff when I have to turn mine back on anymore. My circuit has been off many times throughout the years, however like the (3) men in the fire, Jesus has been, and always will be... with me in the fire. The flames are high in my life right now but once I get through and shining like a diamond...I'll have to do an internal check to see if something is off. I try to be real with myself and my children. We listen to teachings by Gloria and Kenneth Copeland and Pastor Joseph Prince about handling the battles of life with confidence and authority. Jesus specializes in helping us in life. He spent 3 years doing all kinds of miracles so if there is anything we are going thru that falls in those categories, I use them as a reference to walk right on out of it. Not even smelling like smoke.

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