Owen in Jurassic world, Jim Preston in Passengers, Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy – Chris Pratt is one very loved actor who has mastered the art of the screen and has also been very vocal about his faith in Jesus. A factor that influenced the immense love and respect he receives from the Christian community. In fact, in 2016, Jessie Carrie, a writer for Relevant Magazine described him as the kind of ‘Christian Celebrity’ Culture needs.
The 39-year-old actor just gave us yet another reason to love him.
On Monday, he was awarded the MTV Generation Award – an award that not only validates his work as an actor but as an influencer of culture.
The MTV Generation Award is the successor to the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, though it is more serious than its predecessor. The recipient of the award is celebrated for great achievement in movies.
He used the opportunity of receiving the award to present a short speech – one that would go down as one of the bravest acts of the award night. He titled the speech – 9 Rules from Chris Pratt which was a collection of nine important life tips for young people. “I accept the responsibility as your elder, so listen up,” Chris said
His speech gained so much traction attracting lovers and well… haters.
Watch the speech below:
There are several lessons to learn from the 4-minute speech but, here are our 3 top takeaways from Chris Pratt’s speech.
- God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do. (The Gospel in plain words)
- Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.
- Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted
That was bold. That’s a message a whole generation needs to hear and Chris delivered it without mincing words.
Bolu Akindele is a freelance writer and journalist whose work covers religion, human interest stories and development across Nigeria and increasingly, West Africa.