He’s one of the most sought after leading men in Hollywood, but years ago, Chris Pratt was a wandering soul living in a van in Maui, Hawaii.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star is not ashamed of his deep faith. In fact, he promotes the Lord any time he gets the chance.
“I would not be here with the ease and grace I have in my heart without my lord and savior, Jesus Christ,” Pratt said during a recent speech at the Teen Choice Awards.
But what led Pratt to Christ? It’s actually quite a fascinating story.
In a past issue of Vanity Fair, Pratt revealed how a chance encounter with a stranger named Henry ended up changing his life:
Pratt was living on the beach. There was a van with a couch, a tent with a blanket. On its face, it was an idyll, five or six friends, none older than 20, never out of earshot of the breakers, yet Pratt was lost, the perfection of the locale making his estrangement only more keen. Like neon in the daytime, or a blue note on a bright day.
“I was sitting outside a grocery store—we’d convinced someone to go in and buy us beer. This is Maui. And a guy named Henry came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved. He asked what I was doing that night, and I was honest. I said, ‘My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.’ ‘You going to go party?’ he asked. ‘Yeah.’ ‘Drink and do drugs? Meet girls, fornication?’ I was like, ‘I hope so.’ I was charmed by this guy, don’t know why. He was an Asian dude, maybe Hawaiian, in his 40s. It should’ve made me nervous but didn’t. I said, ‘Why are you asking?’ He said, ‘Jesus told me to talk to you . . .’ At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life.”
The best part is: he did end up changing his life.
Since then, he has fathered a son, 5-year-old Jack, and he’s raising him the right way.
In 2015, he posted a video of him teaching his son how to show respect for the American flag by reciting the pledge of allegiance. The video went viral and was viewed millions of times.
Watch the awesome video below:
Sadly, Pratt and his wife, actress Anna Faris, got a divorce in 2017. However, the couple still has a good relationship and are committed to being good parents to their son.
We need more fathers like this, not just in Hollywood, but in America. SHARE if you agree.
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