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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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  • Camille Bahar Jersey

    Hey Tyler, You always give so much!! You might not know this but every message you've sent out came exactly on time. You are my Guardian Angel!! God Bless! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sherika Florida

    Mr.Perry I'm 25 a mother of two, and I know all about the lights going off, thank you for taking the time out of your life to let us "see" you are human, and we all bleed the same way. I've had so much taking from me. I tried cocaine at 22 and binged in it for four days.. In just that amount of time I was addicted, on the fourth day I promised myself to never do it again,and I haven't. I choose to live, to turn the lights back on.

  • DeAnna AddLove Roswell, GA

    Thank you Mr. Perry for such a PROFOUND analogy. Your words were Divinely Inspired; and so right on time for me. GOD is SO GOOD! Abundant Love, Peace, Prosperity & Joy to you! ~Add Love!™~

  • Sharron Denise Los Angeles Ca.

    What a blessing this is. Your story is SO inspiring. Keep speaking from your heart & soul because it reaches the heart & soul of those likeminded. Love

  • Karen Atlanta

    Thank you! You're always right on time.

  • Latoya M Crumpler Atlanta, Ga

    Thank you so much for that message 5 years ago I had no idea how God was about to throw a twist in my life. I gave birth to a baby boy with Down Syndrome he was diagnosed after he was born so I had no time to prepare myself throughout my pregnancy. Long story short dad left us hanging I fell into depression and quit my job to care for my child and I've been living in the dark every since. I am so ready to turn my lights back on and live and love again. Thank You!

  • Ebony Lewis huntsville,al

    Awesome! I love it! Bless u!

  • Christopher Mack Tri-cities wa

    Thankyou, yes I needed to hear that, as a child and a young teen I suffered some abuse, now I'm 50 just remarried and had a baby,at 50 a baby man I tell ya I have let the circut breakers off in my life too long now cause the pain of confronting them was more than I could bare. I look fine on the outside but still got work on the inside that needs to be done. Fortunately I got born again 5 years ago so Holy Spirit is helping me accomplish this difficult task. God bless Christopher Mack

  • sarah yusuf Nigeria

    Very inspiring story, the storms of life indeed hits us all differently and that is why we have to learn that our destinies are all different and only God truly knows what your life is all about

  • Latice G. Houston, TX

    This was right in time!! What a great analogy. God bless you! Chuchhhhh!!!

  • Vida Ohio

    WOW! That is so beautiful that I am truly speechless! You ARE love, Tyler! Thank you for spreading your light and love! X0, Vida :)

  • Ebony Lewis huntsville,al

    Tyler! This is Awesome! This will Preach! God Bless you sir!

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