What Hollywood star would advocate God over material things and still find it possible to make a living in the industry that seems to hate Biblical values? Well, there is one who credits all his success in life to Jesus and claims Him as his Lord and Savior.
Tom Selleck, whose stellar career in Hollywood has included hit television series like Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods, The Closer and movies such as Quigley Down Under and Three Men and a Baby. He admits to having a slow growing faith as a college basketball player, then as an Army sergeant during the Vietnam era, to finding bit parts in commercials, and eventually as an actor who had to choose parts that ran parallel to his religious beliefs.
That’s a tough job in a cut-throat city like Los Angeles where a career is short-lived if you don’t lower your standards, but Tom followed his beliefs and didn’t succumb to the need to be a sex symbol. He turned down many roles, one of which was Baywatch. It’s easy to see that when God has you say “No” to something, He takes care of putting someone else in that place and giving you something better. When his “friends” wanted him to break a contract to gain a better deal, Selleck replied, “I gotta look my mom and dad in the eye, and we don’t do that.” Integrity, though rarely reported, does exist in tinsel town and God has blessed Selleck greatly.
As an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Selleck quotes Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps,” and 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” He gives the credit due to the One who made him and gave him free will to hold his own in the celebrity world.
At 75, Selleck is a tribute to his parent’s model of instilling integrity in an ethical way of living that is seldom seen in today’s broadcasting industry. He resides on his 60-acre avocado ranch in California where he can break a sweat and bask in God’s earthly beauty each day. It is God who guides him in a country he is proud to have served.
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