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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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  • Kimberly Martin Ga

    You are never to busy or your situation can never be to bad to help a person on the streets. I pray that God answers the young man who hold the will work for food sign up on the street. There is a need to cut the breakers on. Not just in your life but Americas. I am not perfect and not without sin, then again who is.

  • Nyarie (Zimbabwe) ZImbabwe

    TYler I am feelin my circuit breakers going down, am mad passionate about food and turned it into a business, but all I can't keep my head above water, am switching off. It's sooO hard.

  • Monea Shelborne Queens,New York

    Amen,to We can do better ,I went through something three four years ago my circuit breaker went out I move out of my apartment.It was after my birthday no one call me for my birthday I was very depress,so I move out .One thing realize that when you live in the projects and you just get up and move out it is so ,so hard to get back in .I regret it till today ,I don't work so my income is limited so I can't just apply anyway rent is to high done that didn't work.Just say that God had a purpose for me,I lose my father now I live with my mother taking care of her.So ,I turn the lights back on thanks to God. I still have to get my own place because I never know when God will call my mother home she is 76 years old to God be the glory I thank him every day. I thank you Tyler Perry for that story it will incourage me even more to keep my lights on ....Thank You again, also I love all your shows and movies.

  • Ilecia Texas

    Thanks Tyler, I really needed this. You just don't even know, I've been going through some pretty dark times for the past year and half, can't seem to find my way out and my zeal I once had. The past year and half has really took me through some life changing moments and caused me to develop an attitude of just giving up on everyone and everything to the point of just feeling like I'm just existing and not living. Thank you so much for sharing this story with me, it really has encouraged me to get out of the dark and turn my circuit breaker back on!! May you continue to have much success in all you do!!

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  • Caroline Kangwa Johnson City, TN

    Your words gave strength to my soul. Recently, I made a decision to light the candle in my life and let it so shine that all the glory will go to God. I am going to live my life as God intended it to be. I am not going to be afraid to be me, the me I was meant to be. When the circuit breakers are down, there is fear. Darkness is fear. It is limiting. I pray for the light of God to fill our souls. Continue being an inspiration and may God use in that place where he has put you.

  • Liska Mt. Vernon, NY

    Tyler! This is beautiful! So well said ... straight to my heart & soul. Thank you sooo much! Love always....

  • Rain South Africa

    Hi Tyler, yesterday i was having bad thoughts and i was thinking of ending my life, because i felt that i did everything i could to change my situation. Your email reminded me to be positive. I really needed to hear or read those words.Thank you very much.

  • Crystal Washington DC

    Hello Tyler, Thanks for sending messages of Hope and Lovce.... Please check out Leandria Johnson from Sunday Best. from 2 years ago...She can SANG!!!!!! She is so anointed and awesome....I pray that you can give her a chance..Shoe would be a blessing to you and many others..Thank You In Advance!!! Crystal

  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Hey Tyler, Good Morning to you...When I receive your messages "It makes me Smile" before I read them because I already know that it will uplift, encourage, and inspire me the more.. Thank you very much and I appreciate it..Truly I do...Also your Family Circle Sculpture is absolutely beautiful..Fine Work of Art (Masterpiece) My son is so gifted and talented in drawing animation and or still painting....Oh by the way I hope your cozy fireplace kept you warm a bit and if not.... :-) Need I say more LOL Have A Bless Day Tyler (*-*) Ms. Proverbs

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  • Katleho Matoba Bloemfontein,South Africa


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