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How Becoming a Christian Saved Chris Pratt's Life

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American actor Chris Pratt recently revealed in an interview how he came into his faith in Christ at a point in his life where he was going down a completely different path.

As one of the busiest celebrities in Hollywood, he hasn't forgotten about his humble upbringing and how God intervened in his life to send him down the path he was meant to walk.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Guardians of the Galaxy star revealed the unorthodox way he came to believe in Jesus Christ.

Upbringing

Coming from a humble family, Pratt's father was a miner.

“He was a taconite miner in Minnesota,” Pratt told me. “He worked in iron ore; that’s a big industry. We moved to Alaska so he could work in gold mines. That’s how we operated as a family—we’d just make a decision, pick up, and move.”

After a few years, when Pratt was 6 or 7 years old, the family settled in Lake Stevens, Washington which would become his beloved hometown.

Pratt would go on to become captain of his high school wrestling team, and at one point top wrestler in the state.

His father played high-school football, so naturally Pratt followed in his footsteps.

"He was bigger than me, much bigger, and he’d light up the stadium when he carried the ball. He wore number 76, and for years I thought the gas station was named for him. So of course I played," he said.

"I was a great football player. I was a fullback and an inside linebacker. I never had the speed to play college. But I loved it. I don’t think anything will ever take its place. The competition, the team. You get a little bit of that in acting. You get it with action films. You have to train, be in shape. I think I learned more about how to handle myself as an actor playing sports than I ever did in theater,” he said.

Before heading to Hollywood, Pratt worked as a door-to-door salesman and he believes this was the perfect training he needed to get into acting. He sold coupons for various things like oil changes and trips to the spa- but to him what the salesman was really selling was himself. It turned out this was part of the tools he needed for auditions and rejections.  

“That’s why I believe in God and the divine,” he told me. “I feel like it was perfectly planned. People talk about rejection in Hollywood. I’m like, ‘You’re outta your fuckin’ mind. Did you ever have someone sic their dog on you at an audition?” ’

The Moment That Changed His Life

After a failed salesman job, and moving back home with his parents, his life seemed to be floundering. That's one one of his best friends bought him a ticket to Hawaii, where he'd been living.

Pratt got a job at Bubba Gump Shrimp and was living on the beach with his friends. They had a van with a couch and a tent with a blanket. He and his pals would send people to make alcohol runs because they weren't old enough to drink yet.

It was here that his life changed.

Continue to the next page to see how his faith has shaped his future.

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