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Actor Tom Selleck credits God for guiding his steps

Actor Tom Selleck at New York PaleyFest 2014 on behalf of Blue Bloods Credit: Dominick D/Flickr/Wikipedia/cc-by-sa-2.0

In an interview with Belief Net, American actor Tom Selleck, 74, attributed his rise to fame due to his belief in God adding that Jesus has guided his steps over the years.

Tom Selleck rose to prominence after starring in the popular TV series Magnum P.I. involving a private eye in Hawaii and more recently as a police commissioner in Blue Bloods.

Admitting that there have been shaky moments in his faith, he told Belief Net:

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps…. Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”

Tom Selleck, Belief Net

And his life has very much demonstrated this combination of two verses.

After high school, Selleck attended business college with plans to eventually work for United Airlines. But he was also doing a bit of commercial work on the side for such companies as Pepsi Cola and because of this was approached by Twentieth Century Fox about possible acting roles.

However, those plans were cut short when he was drafted during the Vietnam War and ended up serving in the California National Guard for six years between 1967 and 1973

After leaving the National Guard, he pursued an acting career and landed a starring role in Magnum P.I. and since then Selleck has had roles in over 50 movies and TV shows winning Emmy and Gold Globe awards.

In his statement to Belief Net, Selleck combined two verses, Proverbs 16:9 and 1 Peter 5:6:

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 NKV

I love this verse, because I have seen too many people get stuck in a holding pattern trying to figure out what God wants them to do and end up doing nothing.

This verse is very clear, God says that we have plans in our hearts, but it is God who directs our path. What this means is that we need to start pursing our dreams which in turn allows God to direct our steps. But here is the key, God can’t push us in the direction He wants us to go unless we are already moving forward. God is guiding our steps not pushing us.

But sometimes life’s journey isn’t what you expected. There can be bumps in the road and this leads us to the second verse that Selleck cited:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

1 Peter 5:6 NKV

We need to realize that we are on a journey and it is a process. Peter says in due time, God will exalt us. The Greek word ‘karios’ translated ‘due time’ means the opportune or seasonable time, the right time.

In other words, God needs to prepare us for the exalting time. The Hollywood graveyard is littered with young stars who were emotionally unready for the fame and money that awaited them, and they spun completely out of control.

God needed to prepare Selleck for the fame that awaited him and when he was poised for an acting career, the army called. Instead of fighting and resenting the process, Selleck put his heart into it and rose to the rank of sergeant in his short six-year stint.

During our journey we need to humble ourselves. In other words, keep moving forward, but check your attitude, don’t fight and complain about your circumstances. It is part of the preparation process.


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