By Duni Jones
Tyler Perry got quite emotional after driving through the highway and seeing a highway sign leading to his studio.
The American filmmaker recounted coming to Atlanta with nothing, ending up homeless and also starving. Tyler however stated that he kept praying and believing that if he worked hard and did his best, everything would work out.
Driving into work today I saw these signs on the highways being changed. My eyes filled with water knowing what God has allowed to happen in my life.
Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing. I was always keeping the faith, knowing that if I worked hard, did my absolute best, kept my integrity, honored every blessing, and remained grateful through it all that everything would work out. And it has, thank God.
But to all of you looking at my life now, I want to share a scripture/prayer that helped me keep going from St. Mark 9:23-25. It’s a simple prayer by a man who had faith, a man who believed, but still had doubts. He said, “LORD I believe but help my unbelief.” Even in my darkest times when I wanted to give up, I kept believing, and I asked God to help me to believe past any naysayer, any doubt, and any problem.
Just know that it is possible to believe in your dream and still wonder how or when it’s going to happen. Stay the course. Pray, work, believe and repeat. You’ll get there. Just believe for as much as you can, and ask God to help you believe for the rest!
The sign originally read Fort McPherson, which is the historic army base that was mostly sold to Perry in 2016. He purchased 330 acres of the historic land on the decommissioned Fort McPherson Army Base. Tyler Perry Studios is located between downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.