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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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  • Mark Norris Long Beach, CA

    Tyler, I have been a fan of yours since the beginning. I watch you go from just a household name in some black families homes to a household name in everyone's home. You are blessed because you are constantly being a blessing to others, and this latest message was a BIG blessing to me. I will just say that there are a few "breakers" in my life that have turn off in the last 3 years or so, and partly, because of your letter have I found the strength to turn those suckers back on. I broke down as I read the last paragraph in your message. I did not w*** the tears from my face because I needed to feel every emotional pain that I have been feeling. (*Sigh), thank you my dear brother Tyler for helping me get my life back together, or should I say, turn my breakers back on.

  • Tyler's Temptation fireplace

    Tyler, I am ADDICTED to your LIGHT.

  • Kimberly Griffith cincinnati,ohio

    Hi,Tyler your words always go straight to my heart. You have. A very driven spirit and you inspire me so much so thank you for your spirit, heart, and mind....... Stay blessed Kimberly

  • ADEOLA Toronto, Canada

    Hi tyler, You word always come just like scripture, it edifies, encourages and ultimately I believe it brings relief from emotional or psychological torture that may be happening right within. Just as you've said we can endure more and be patient for God to help our helplessness as we keep doing our best and striving to be who God wants us to be despite the difficulties we are facing along our journey here on earth. Our experiences in life differ and the timing for Gods intervention also differs but still as children of God we only have an option to only trust Him for a change, not allow to take any rash decisions of ending ones precious life or turn away from the right side of God. But wait and entrust our lives in His hand. He is able to save and deliver from every trouble, unpleasant situations or whatever our experience may be. Yes, we can endure for yet a little while ! God bless you

  • maureen abubakar london uk

    very encouraging!! thanks.

  • Darlene Martinez United States

    Hey Tyler, I would like to Thank You so much for this encouraging story.....Just a few days ago I was spending time with the Lord wondering why I and my friends would have the same storm but my lights seemed to be the ones cut out all the time? and God had told me to "Remain calm and keep pushing" so I said "Okay. I hear you Lord." but I still had it in the back of my head. Yesterday night I decided to check my e-mails, and God told me to open this specific E-mail and Voila. Confirmation from God to just keep moving through the mountain with Faith and working that (DIY) to keep my light switches on. Thank You. God Bless You! :)

  • quinyatta albany.ga

    thanks for the words of encouragement it really touch me.

  • Shanda Elyria, OH

    Wow- I love when I find something inspirational when I'm not in my happy place and every word sounds like a reflection of my being. He always shows up and right on time. i.e. I found this by browsing Twitter follows and Had to keep reading as I knew that these words were meant for me. Be Blessed.


      thank you for thoes encouraging words.it has helped me a lot through my difficult time in my life.so keep up th good work that you do in your life and it will take you far,and be very,very ,very blessed in the lord.

  • Shavonne Na'tey Waco

    Wow.....that's all I can say because that's all I have done. I left the breakers off and have been waiting for someone to SHOW ME how to turn them back on.... But I forgot ITS MY HOUSE! And I forgot that I possess resources and manuals that will help me FIND my breakers , how to turn them on and how to KEEP them on. Thank you Mr. Perry.

  • Dorothy Williams Moblie,Al

    Mr. Perry Love the message(and that is just what it is). So encourageing, uplifting and I do appreciate it ,receive it in the name of Jesus.

  • Queen

    Love it!!! It was me at one time in my life,,,,

  • Kimberly Kesler Martin GA

    Jesus was proactive when it comes to changing another mans darkness into light.. He took steps to enforce belief. I pray that we can all become more like Jesus. Who am I? No one just a child of God trying to change another mans circumstances before my own... Help me pray that we find the courage to lift one another up instead of bringing down.. Jesus, Please Help us all... For it is God who can cut the lights on for another man's circumstances.

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