Nickelodeon actor Kel Mitchell tells his story about finding Jesus amidst battling depression and having suicidal thoughts.
The Story Of Actor Kel Mitchell
Kel Mitchell shared in an interview with Faithwire that he grew up in a Christian home. His “grandfather was a pastor.” But when he reached the point of success and fame, he forgot about his faith.
“My grandfather was a pastor,” he said. “But there is a difference between basically knowing God and having a relationship with God.”
The actor rose to fame, but he had emotional struggles and battled depression amidst it all. He gained fame and riches, but he wasn’t happy. Hence, he thought of committing suicide at that moment. But thank God, he didn’t.
“I was just kind of like, ‘I want to [hit] the off button,” Kel recalled. “When I decided not to take my life at that point, and I decided to live, that’s when things changed around for me.”
That’s when the actor submitted his life to God and began his journey of having a relationship with God.
“I started to change things in my life that were not of God,” he said.
Walking With God
Kel then prayed to God to lead him every step of the way. To guide him toward His will and purpose.
“I went through a lot of ups and downs within my life and within my career,” the actor stressed. “And in those downtimes, God was always there — He was there in the ups and in the downs.”
Following Kel’s allegiance to God, he didn’t foresee that God would use him for a great purpose, especially to the young people. God began to prompt him to start a ministry as a youth pastor. At first, he wrestled because he was a celebrity. But later on, he understood that nothing was impossible with God, and he could do both.
“Lord, how am I going to do this while I’m also still a celebrity?” he prayed.
It was his wife who told Kel not to be confused with God’s prompting. Because if he could not see anyone doing it, he could “be the first.”
“My wife said, ‘Hey, you be the first, and you do it,’ and that’s what I did,” he said. “It’s not an easy task; I’ve been doing it for years.”
Today, although a challenging calling, the Hollywood actor is inspiring and impacting many fans with his Christian faith. Now he is pointing people towards Christ.
“We are the ambassadors of Christ — we are His billboards,” Kel remarked. “We influence people to come to Christ.”
Watch the full interview in the video below:
Reference | Faithwire
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