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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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  • Sherry Lipscomb, AL

    "We can do better" was definitely worth reading. It made me realize that I needed to take a step back and look at my life and what I needed to do in order to take control of my life and find peace. Thank you for taking the time to share such inspirational stories about your life. On a different subject--I know I am late seeing the movie "Good Deeds." However, I just sat down last night and watched it and let me say it was awesome!!!! I loved every bit of it. I loved the role you played.

  • Blue and Gray

    I remember your white shoes with holes, also, the true meaning behind Madea (outlet) it has been 14 years.Thank you for the word, I needed it, and you are right. I shut my breakers off, because of pain,rejection,lies; but now, I will forgive those people from the bottom of my feet, so I can be free from my past. If I don't forgive ,where every I go, those people will be tagging alone. Tyler I want my footsteps, to be my own and not others. God shares his Secrets Codes,who ever he chooses.

  • Wow! Texas

    Your message about the storm and the breakers was something I needed to hear. You were on point. Makes me wanna run through my house switching on breakers:)

  • Linda Brown Phoenix, Arizona

    Inspriational Man and thank you for caring and sharing your love towards mankind. I love you so much

  • Stefany PA

    Tyler, You cut to the core of my heart with this. I've learned to trust Jesus with my heart as he took me through the storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, losses and everything hurtful and in th e interim, I lost the will and became a bit complacent with the comfort of GODS faithfulness. Now I know it's time to click on all the switches of th e circuit breaker..thank you very much, I needed th e encouragement...much love Stefany

  • Tyler,

    Thank you so much for sharing, it truly blessed my soul and spirit. God bless you and please continue to allow God to use you to encourage the saints.

  • Evelyn Frierson United States

    You are the BOMB!!! I love you! :-)

  • April Wilmington, CA

    Mr. Perry, Wow, is all I can say!!! I have been receiving your e-mails for some time now, I even have a TP folder to save your inspirational messages, (which are most of them) and I have yet to respond. But this message, today, hit me to the core of my heart. I have been struggling with long time issues in my life and your message was like a personal hello from God telling me that he is with me, he is my Footsteps in the Sand. Thank you so much for this and all of your inspiring words. You never cease to amaze me. Thank you 100 times over. God Bless You and have a great Easter.

  • Sandra McKnight Katy, Tx

    AMEN!!! Thank You, Man of God! As I read your Word, I could envision my circuit breakers that are currently turned off. And Yes... It's time to turn them back on!

  • Joya B Lawrenceville, Ga

    I can't even stop crying right now, that totally hit home into my soul, I wish I could really explain why the lights r all out right now but instead ill just say that I need to read this message today. My husband has been wondering why he can get over it but I've lost almost all faith and I'm just not my joyful self anymore like I used to be. Smh I can go on and on into details but I won't. Tears won't stop flowing, and I just applied my nice makeup it's ok I need this moment. Ill reapply it after I'm done. Thanks Tyler for this sir God definately knows how to get a message across. :-)

  • Jocelyn Marie STL

    What a wonderful word of inspiration and encouragement. What a timely message. I was thinking about all the good I attempt to place in this world, and I look in retrospect to all the no so good I have endured, and I become heavy in my feelings of discontent. I am grateful you shared that even in the darkness of the night, the light of DIY illuminates your world of possibilities. I am going to be still and listen to the reason God has placed a pause in my life. I know delay is not denial but a time of discovery of the gifts that need to be stirred up. I will persevere and see what the end is going to be. My latter shall be greater than my past. I love you and be blessed always.

  • Nadine Queens ny

    I can always depend on you for your insipirition words. You are like my daily bread that I read at morning time to uplift me. Thank you so much Mr Perry. I pray that God keep on blessing you.

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