Chris Pratt’s MTV Generation award speech

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While accepting MTV’s Generation Award, Chris Pratt shared an unexpected message from an unlikely stage.

“Being the Generation Award I’m going to cut to the chase and I’m going to speak to you, the next generation, OK?  I accept the responsibility as your elder,” Pratt said.

He shared 9 rules for living. While a few were throwaways to get laughs, most contained powerful, God-infused advice. Fully acknowledging that his 5-year-old son, Jack, will someday watch this speech, Chris dialed down his language while dialing up the inspiration.

Highlights included:

Rule 2
“You have a soul. Be careful with it.”

Rule 3
“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.”

Rule 5
“It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it. Do a good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”

Rule 6

Rule 8
“Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”

Rule 9
“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.”

Pop culture doesn’t often fill the headlines with positivity and good influence, but when it does we should take notice. When the voices the next generation are already listening to and taking their cues from use a platform and their words for good–even points their audience to God– it gives me hope.

Do I know whether Chris Pratt is a believer? I don’t. However, a lot of what he said in a 3 minute speech sounds an awful lot like the Scripture I read and parts of the Gospel truth I’ve spent my lifetime sharing. If nothing else, the nuggets of truth in his speech should give us a spark of hope that God can do a good work anywhere and through anyone, even a Hollywood actor.