Up until last nights airing of the MTV Movie & TV Awards I hadn’t had much of an opinion of Chris Pratt.
Sure, he was one of the best parts of Parks and Recreation. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the more entertaining of the comic movies in the theatres, and I love what he’s done with the Jurrasic Park series.
But it was only after his acceptance speech for the MTV “Generation” Award on Monday that I saw him in an entirely different light.
In what is now being called a mini-sermon, Chris Pratt used his platform to deliver a powerful message on God, faith, and character, in a way that anyone from any belief system could appreciate.
In a time where immigration is tearing families apart, prominent rappers are being shot down and empathy is at an all-time low, Pratt’s message was timely and, as he put it, his responsibility as an “elder”.
When you thing mega-star or box office juggernaut, Pratt made not be the traditional name that pops in your head but he brought in $864 million globally last year, all from starting as a coupon salesman.
When it’s easy to name the bad influencers than the good ones, you’re always going to feel nervous about the state of the youth in this generation, which is why you have to applaud actors like Chris Pratt who was incredibly intentional about sharing wisdom.
No matter what you believe, there is some truth that you can walk away with. In any case, you can see what’s made it work for Chris.
“Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate.”
“You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
“Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
“When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
“It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
“God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do.”
“If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down, get all of the pee out first. And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop’s touching the air. Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.”
“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.”