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Why Did I Put All My Money Into This?

Why did I put all my money into this? Is this going to work? God, do you hear me? Where are the people? I’m so scared. How will I pay these people? Why did I do this? I can’t pay my rent, they are going to repossess my car…

The year was 1992, July 8th-12th. All these questions were crowding my mind.  I was a 22-year old wannabe... but what I wanted to be I didn’t know. All I knew was that I had written this play about adult survivors of child abuse and I wanted the world to see it. I was so sure that it was going to work that I put my own money into the show.

I had worked as a used car salesman and a bill collector and saved my income tax check and my bonuses. I took that money and hired a cast and built a set and rented a very small theater in Atlanta called the 14th Street Playhouse. I had done all the math in my head: I was going to perform 6 shows, 200 people a show, for a total of 1,200 people. The tickets were $12 and I was going to make $14,000 and be rich… LOL. I was going to give my tithe to the church, give my mother some money, pay my rent (that was two months behind), get my car payment caught up and live happily ever after. I knew as sure as I am sitting here that it was all going to be all right. I had prayed that thang out, as they say in the Baptist church… LOL. Looking back on it now I can laugh, but back then it wasn’t so funny. What I quickly realized is that prayer alone will not always get the results you want. As much work as I did, I didn’t do enough to promote the show. More work was needed to go along with my faith.

I was expecting 1,200 people but only 30 showed up. I was devastated. I thought my dreams were dead. Based off this one thing I thought my life was over. Based on this one failure (what I thought was a failure but it clearly wasn’t), I thought that the rest of my life would be ruined. Needless to say, looking back on it, it was all a part of God’s plan and amazing design for my life. And God has a plan for all of our lives.

Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary in show business. It’s been an amazing journey, one that I will detail in my autobiography one day. You would be surprised, inspired, angry and blown away with what I’ve endured to be here, but until then I’d like to share a little inspiration with you. So many times we think that because one thing didn’t go as planned we should give up on it. So many people leave their dreams dying on the floor, gasping for air because it didn’t work out the first time. Be it marriage, business, children, faith, whatever your dream is, you can't give up because it didn’t go as planned. If I had walked away because it didn’t work you wouldn’t be reading this. I had to keep moving. Yes, there were setbacks. Yes, it was difficult, but I got to see my dreams come to pass because I never stopped moving forward, I never stopped praying and most of all I never stopped believing. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!! PLEASE DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!! Say this to yourself out loud right now: “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, and repeat it to yourself whenever you doubt that you can make it.

What you must understand is that everything, all of it, the good the bad and the ugly, it all works together for your good. If you love the Lord you are called according to His purpose. What’s His purpose for you? If you’re not sure, seek it and all your dreams will come true.

To all my dreamers, to all the people who have invested in themselves, to all the people who have the same questions that I did, hear me when I say this: YOU CAN DO IT!!


God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!


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  • Sharon Philadelphia, Pa

    Congratulations, and god bless you even more, for all that you try to do, even people don't recognize..... Ilovemesometylerperry!!!!!

  • Antione Bradley 5058 Gst southeast washington d.c

    god bless u tyler u have done great things for people and i admire you mr.perry thanks sending a massege to me and my family irealy thank u for that

  • Evangelist Ruth Byhalia, Ms

    Good Evening Mr. Perry, I hope you are being Blessed and surrounded by Gods' Angels. I am very Blessed and highly favoured of the Lord. Thank you for that encouraging message. I do know what it's like to go through all kinds of trials and tribulations and not be able to comprehend what God is doing at the time. It does one heart good to know that someone of your status is not ashamed to show your wounds. " Happy 20th" and many, many more. Always know that we love you, but God loves you best.

  • Syzr Virginia

    Hallo Tyler My son and I are great fans , we enjoy your movies so much. You have touched so many lives in a positive Godly way . May God bless you for using the wisdom he gave you the right way. I have been Directing Drama in a small church in Virginia for about 5years now . Through our presentations we have managed to capture the minds and heart's of many youth. Evidently they like "Drama", and we are using it as a soul winning tool, of course with Gods help. Lately however God has been pressing upon my heart to put something together for the youth that has been affected by drug addiction, and those at risk through peer pressure. Many producers have come up with movies , etc to try and capture the audience's attention . I have an idea that I need your help with - to adress the issue , bring about awareness , share daily lifestyles and challenges of those affected and also to come up with working solutions to resolve the problem -that also show Gods power in such situations Unfortunately for someone like me , I am not able to accomplish this vision without the help and influence of someone like you. Please allow me the opportunity to share the idea i have with you


    FAITH, HOPE, HONESTY, DEDICATION, COMMITMENT! Thank You for sharing! I needed to remind myself of this today. OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL. May you always stay true to that which GOD has placed in you, and when in doubt, as to whether he is there or not? think of this day! and the testimony you shared with the world! DON'T YOU EVER STOP BELIEVING! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!

  • Marie Oklahoma

    Jesus you are so amazing and so faithful! Thank you Mr. Perry for this. Keep up the great work! U rock! :-)

  • shaza elarabi KSA

    Hi,Tyler my name is Shaza Iam 33 african woman from Sudan Ilive in Saudi Arabia mother of two children their father leave me and went China when my second son was 57 days now he is ten years old leave me in abad sitution in Saudi Arabia with out legal documents for me and my children Ihave big big big big problems to join my sons to school because they have not legal documents and that is hurt me and make me crying every day.Tyler all this years Iwake up and Iam very scary because we have not legal documents and that is agains the law in this country.Isent my message over 700 times to mama Oprah and thousands time in Harpo answer machine and Isent mail in 2008 with my photo and my children photos to Harpo Prodiction and not find replay.please please please Tyler help me you and mama Oprah to live in America to find chance of work and good teaching to my children.Iknow you are busy man but Ipray every day to read my message and call me.sorry about my English Iam not very good at English Ispeak Arabic.THANK YOU.

  • Vernestine Bounds Poplar Bluff, MO

    Congratulations on 20 years of being in show business! I have enjoyed all of your plays and movies. Keep them coming!! Madea's Witness Protection was wonderful and since I live in a small city, I fear it will not make it to our theater.

  • Carol Ann Los Angeles,CA

    Hello Mr. Perry: 20 years. Did you say 20 years? WOW how time fly. We have been blessed to have your great talent, humble spirit, kindness and of course your love for God and people. Thank you so very much for your years of success and may God continue to bless you with many more years of success in whatever project you are working on now and in the future. I need to ask you to do something for me; pray for California. Whatever God's people is going through and getting ready to go through in the coming months, that God's people make it. Once again, continue success to you Mr. Tyler Perry. May God continue to bless you, your family and friends. We love you very much, I love you very much and God love you very much. Take care! Carol Ann

  • Krystal Spriggs New York City

    Tyler, God bless you for your faith, your tenacity and your generousity. In every message, you continue to bless my socks off! Thank you for a having the courage to follow your passion with a clear vision, thereby fulfilling your purpose. While you continue to reach hundreds of thousands, year after year, I know Our Heavenly Father is smiling down upon you. I pray you stay focused and on course, and you continue to deliver inspirational messages throughout our dying world. Deservedly, Our Father will bless you for your life's work with a heavenly crown that belongs only to you. God Bless you, Tyler.

  • Desire South Africa

    Dear Tyler I would to take this opportunity to congratulate you on 20 years in the business of inspiring, equipping and motivating people through your amazing work. I know that we are still in for another great 20 years. I also wanted to comment of your resilient and persevering spirit for not giving up on your dream. Thank you for that, thank you for not giving up...you give people like myself hope who is also on the journey of dreaming. Keep well and all the best with your plans!! Thanks, Desire

  • Tyler Montique Salters Kingstree Sc

    Hello, Tyler Perry, You are truely an inspiration to me dearly. I didnt get a chance to see your movie WITNESS PROTECTION, im sure it was really good. Anything you put your creative mind and craft to has to be good. Just to let you know I love youand I pray to God that I can have the oppertunity of working with you in the future. 17 years old Sincerely, A BIG DREAMER AND FAITH BELIEVER

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