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Tom Selleck: ‘A Man’s Heart Plans His Way, But The Lord Directs His Steps’

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Tom Selleck: ‘A Man’s Heart Plans His Way, But The Lord Directs His Steps’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Actor Tom Selleck has had lots of success over the years, from his star-making role in MAGNUM P.I. to his part in the mega-popular BLUE BLOODS. The actor has put in a lot of hard work, but Selleck credits God for his success. 

Selleck didn’t plan on being an actor. Instead, the college business major wanted to work for United Airlines. He eventually found his way to acting and was offered a contract with Twentieth Century Fox.

However, God called him to join the US Army and Selleck entered the California National Guard. He served from 1967 to 1973. 

“I am a veteran, I’m proud of it,” Selleck shared. “I was a sergeant in the US Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense.”

After leaving the military, Selleck relaunched his acting career and soon scored the starring role on MAGNUM P.I. While his talent helped him earn the part, Selleck credits God for guiding him. 

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

In addition to his acting work, Selleck also contributes to a number of military organizations, including military recruitment and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. 

“As good as this business has been to me, that’s not what life is about,” Selleck 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.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Selleck’s generosity:

BLUE BLOODS and MAGNUM P.I. star Tom Selleck joined in the #2020TipChallenge and blessed a New York Restaurant server with a $2,020 tip to close out the year.

Co-star and on-screen son on the hit series BLUE BLOODS, Donnie Wahlberg, shared Selleck’s act of generosity via Twitter.

“I found out that my TV Dad [Tom Selleck] has generously accepted the #2020TipChallenge at Elios Upper East Side! Love ya dad,” Wahlberg wrote. “I didn’t start it but I’m proud to be part of it. To those who gave even the smallest extra amount this year — THANK YOU.”

Along with the caption, Wahlberg shared photos of Selleck’s tip and a note he left for his server.

“For Elios, I am honoring my friend Donnie Wahlberg’s ‘tip challenge’ with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all,” Selleck wrote.

Wahlberg, brother to Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg, initially partook in the “2020 tip challenge” on Jan. 1 of this year. Jenny Wahlberg, his wife, posted a photo to Twitter with the $2,020 tip and a caption that read “starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is.”

Many other celebrities joined the challenge throughout the year, including Harry Styles, and displayed a heart of generosity and kindness amidst an unstable year for many worldwide.

According to The Alpena News, the “challenge” to leave a $2,020 started after a waitress named Danielle Franzoni received an anonymous $2,020 tip with a note that said, “Happy New Year,” and “2020 Tip Challenge.”