Actor Tom Selleck Credits God for Guiding Him Throughout Life

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, December 30, 2019
Actor Tom Selleck Credits God for Guiding Him Throughout Life

Actor Tom Selleck Credits God for Guiding Him Throughout Life

Actor Tom Selleck told BeliefNet that his success is because of his faith in Jesus. 

According to CBN News, Selleck said God has guided him over the years.

"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps," he said. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time."

Selleck had originally planned to work for United Airlines after college. His acting work started when he appeared in a few commercials. Twentieth Century Fox even offered him an acting contract, but he said God called him to serve in the U.S. Army.

He served in the California National Guard in the 160th infantry regiment from 1967 to 1973.

"I am a veteran, I'm proud of it. I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We're all brothers and sisters in that sense."

After his time in the army, he went to Hollywood to begin acting again. He soon landed the lead role of Magnum, P.I.

The show ran from 1980 to 1988. It consistently ranked in the top 20 of U.S. television shows during its first five years, according to Nielsen Ratings.

"As good as this business has been to me, that's not what life is about," he said. "Life is about more important things. You know, we've all struggled as we get successful in this business to balance that, I certainly have."

Selleck also volunteers with the National Guard to promote recruitment and support. He is also the spokesperson for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund.

"I try very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way, because that's important to my stability now," Selleck said. "We're a culture that's so centered on the individual. The culture says that basically nothing is more important than the way you feel."

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.