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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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  • Evg Pondeleia williams jacksonville Fl

    Wow! you are so right....and the same way that storm came "unexpected" is the same way JESUS is coming. I can certainly relate to the breakers, we had a similar storm and lost some things as well even some electricity; my husband had all those things the storm knocked out on his "bucket" list, but he went to Heaven before he could repair them. So now every time I need an outlet or other things the storm damaged, it don't work, and unfortunately, I'm not a handy woman, and my handy man went to Heaven...WOW! what a difference a real storm made. Mortgage under control, but the roof leak, the plumbing out of wack, the heat stop working, and I STILL HAVE A PLACE CALL HOME. THANK GOD FOR IT ALL!

  • sherry los angeles

    Thank you Mr. Perry. I've got to find my breakers and turn all the light on so God can fulfill his purpose in my life. I really needed to hear that message preacher. God bless

  • dezrine fort lauderdale

    hi tyler. i am so glad to hear from you. we always have to keep going and be confident in what we do, and no matter what we go through, we have to remember that we have a mighty god above who sits high and look low and he will never give us more than we can bear. he said to call on him and he will hear us, tyler you are a very positive god send man, keep up the good work and please continue to reach out to others. god bless you. and keep you, god make his face shine up on you. thanks for your encourageing words love always and hugs.

  • ~B

    Thank you!! This was truly inspirational!

  • Sharon New York

    Hello Tyler, Amen! Yes, Tyler, we have to stay "alive" in the midst of turmoil, pain and misery, even when it doesn't seem that there isn't any light at the end of the tunnel. God "always" comes through, right when we are at our wits end. God is always there, even we are being mistreated, or when we mistreat ourselves when we do things that are not in our best interest. I think about Whitney, wishing that she could have found the love within her, knowing that that was bigger than anything else that was destroying her. Even when we pray, we have to know that we always have a light to guide us. You are an inspiration, Tyler, especially because of your painful childhool,which many people know, can transcend all of the good in the present. You are a teacher, helping so many to understand how they can shape their own futures. You represent hope for so many who are hopeless. You "let your light shine" each time you create, changing the world's perception of life. Thank you for lifting us up. May God bless you always. Love and Hugs

  • Marnel Hemet, CA

    Beautiful. I can not belive that every time you send a message like this, it is like you are looking into a window to my life. Each message that you send arrives at the right time. I hope that everyone who reads these messages looks beyond the written words and finds the overall meaning as I do. Thank you.

  • Raynette Dallas

    A word fitly spoken...thank you so much! Exactly what I needed at this point in time. Still in the dark, but eventually I'll get up to those breakers.

  • Rhonda United States

    I must let you know how much I appreciate all of your plays, movies and shows; your spiritual grounding is amazing and I love how you stand for God, life and humans. I am touch by everything that you have done. As I watch your play Madea Gets a Job once again you have touch me and I continue to ask our God to continue to uplift you and guide you path as you lead and direct your fans on spiritual and life journeys .....Thank you and Thank you. This is my first time visiting your page and I am always using analogy's of life situations as you have explain with a storm and a circuit breaker and so true...everyday I strive to let my light shine and to forgive and let God handle unwelcome situations. Again Thank you and Thank you for all that your have done and shared....

  • Glendina Nassau, Bahamas

    Hello Tyler thank you for the encouraging words. Yes, we need not to be afraid and decide to live regardless of what has happened in our life. Staying in the dark keeps us trapped and robs us the very essence of life God has given us through His Son Jesus. I pray that people everywhere would see that freedom is attainable, take hold of courage and walk to the light. Hey, after all you still have a praise inside of you.

  • Dee Santa Rosa, CA

    OMG, Tyler..what a blessing it was for you to share your "circuit breaker" events with us. It was eye opening and so heart touching that even before I got to the end, there were tears falling down my cheeks. I immediately forwarded it to my son, daughter and friends. You are such an inspiration. You make us smile, laugh and cry. God Bless You and please continue doing your wonderful work. Dee, Santa Rosa, CA.

  • Catalyst USA

    Wow, Tyler! You have the gift of ministry. Whether your message comes through your message board, an email, a play, or a movie, it is always right on time. Thank you.

  • Wynn Austell, georgia

    I must say, your message was very timely. I had JUST completed an application online for a position I wasn't really feeling but I had experience . Working in corporate America wasn't my passion but it paid the bills. After being laid off after 13 years, I wasn't upset at all. I know sometimes GOD rocks the boat or even kick you out of the boat to fulfill his purpose in life. I had been trying to break into the television/film business for quite some time but hadn't had any luck. Your message has truly inspired me to keep working towards it. I thank GOD for you and your motivational messages. BTW. Love the analogy !

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