DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED
I read the story of a famous actor and director earlier this week which inspired me and I thought to share it with you. I never knew the background of the gentleman Tyler Perry. Read along with me, it makes for a very encouraging read. (His movies are in the link below)
Tyler Perry is an American actor, playwright, filmmaker, and comedian. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008. Many of Perry’s stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as films. Despite all these successes, Perry had a tough start to life and not giving up led him to the success we know of him today.
Perry was physically and sexually abused growing up, he got kicked out of high school, and tried to commit suicide twice—once as a preteen and again at 22. At 23 he moved to Atlanta and took up odd jobs as he started working on his stage career.
In 1992 he wrote, produced, and starred in his first theater production, I Know I’ve Been Changed, somewhat informed by his difficult upbringing. Perry put all his savings into the show and it failed miserably; the run lasted just one weekend and only 30 people came to watch. He kept up with the production, working more odd jobs and often slept in his car to get by.
Six years later, Perry finally broke through when, on its seventh run, the show became a success. He’s since gone on to have an extremely successful career as a director, writer, and actor as shown above. There is no way that anyone would have projected Perry’s future based on his childhood and earlier struggles. Him not giving up, despite the obstacles is the key to his unlocking the future we now know.
As I read Perry’s story, I remembered God’s word that says
‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9
Fear and discouragement are natural when one has experienced failure and setbacks or when going into unknown territories. God however gives us a word of instruction and promise that He will be with us and He will help us despite those setbacks.
What if Tyler Perry had stopped trying when he failed in the world of filmmaking and acting? He wouldn’t have attained what he got from persisting and neither would we have the benefit of enjoying his productions – which I have personally found both entertaining, inspiring and educative.
Wherever you are at the moment, I will like you to know that tomorrow will be better than today and our God will surely make room for you. You will be celebrated soon in Jesus name.
God is on your side!
My favourite Tyler Perry’s movies…all where he appeared as Madea! Read more about Tyler Perry and his work at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_Perry