By Zach Catalano —
Before he played Star-Lord of Avengers Endgame, actor Chris Pratt told his high school wrestling coach he would become famous one day and make a lot of money, but the path he chose in his teens did not look very promising at first.
He dropped out of community college part way through his first year, then found work as a discount ticket salesman and daytime stripper.
At 19, he ended up homeless and weed-smoking in Maui, sleeping in a van or a tent on the beach.
One day he went to the supermarket with some friends to buy booze. Outside a Jews for Jesus worker confronted him: “What are you doing tonight? Will you fornicate tonight? And drugs and drinking?”
“Most likely, yeah,” Pratt replied. “Probably all three of those things. I mean, at least two of them, possibly all three.”
“I stopped because Jesus told me to stop and talk to you,” the man told Pratt. “He said to tell you you’re destined for great things.”
Moved by the power of the Word and the Spirit, Pratt was born again. He surrendered his life to Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Within two days, he was busy stuffing envelopes, helping Jews for Jesus spread the gospel. He witnessed to a pastor’s prodigal daughter who was strung out on meth and helped her return to the Lord.
Four weeks later at his job as a waiter for the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Pratt was “discovered” by a movie director and cast for a role. He became famous on NBC’s Parks and Recreation but really catapulted with The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy.
In 2007, Pratt played opposite his movie love interest Anna Faris in Take Me Home Tonight. The fictional romance on the screen blossomed into a factual romance in real life, and they eloped on a whim, marrying in Bali, Indonesia in 2009.
Pratt got the chance to let his faith grow when their baby was born prematurely and remained hospitalized for months. The couple “prayed a lot,” he said. “It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.”
Pratt constantly raves about parenting.
“I’ve done all kind of cool things as an actor…but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” he says. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just PRAYED that he’d live long enough that I’d keep him.”
Sadly, the marriage of Pratt failed and the couple finalized their divorced in 2018. Pratt got engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger in January of this year.
When he won MTV’s Generation Award in 2018, Pratt did what he often does — he took advantage of the platform to testify about Jesus. He elaborated nine rules for life, which alternated between funny tips and serious advice about God.
Here is a sampling of Pratt’s rules:
#2: “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
#6: “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you.”
#8: “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul.”
#9: “Grace is a gift. It was paid for with somebody else’s blood.”
“I love God. That’s my thing,” Pratt said at the 2018 Kids Choice Awards. “I love Him and you should too.”
Zach Catalano studies at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Los Angeles. His journalism instructor also sells 10 inch bamboo steamers on Amazon to supplement is his ministry. If you would like to buy one, click on the link or the image.