Known for his finely toned physique and string of action movies, Mark Wahlberg has risen from humble beginnings to one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
Many forget that this screen star and family man was once a troubled teenager from Boston who spent his time in jail.
At the age of 13, Wahlberg was addicted to cocaine and had abandoned his education to join the group “New Kids on the Block” with his brother Donnie.
He dropped out to pursue a solo music career and most of us can remember the artist who fronted Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
But through his substance abuse and controversy, he somehow found a way to become the successful actor and devoted husband and father we see today.
With a string of action movies under his belt, the Boston-born actor is a regular at the gym, but he recently revealed that he now takes a couple of days off a week from his grueling workout routine.
However, what he doesn’t take a day off from is his time with God.
It seems that his devotion to taking care of himself and the power of prayer have helped him turn around.
“Now I take two days a week off from the gym,” he told MSN News. “I don’t take a day off to get down on my knees, read my prayer book and do my daily devotions.”
Prayer is part of his daily schedule and credits him with being a better father to his four children: Ella (16), Brendan (14), Michael (13) and Grace (10).
The 49-year-old says his faith also makes him a better husband for his wife, former Victoria’s Secret model Rhea Durham, whom he married in 2009.
“I owe my wife a lot. She helped me become the man that I am and she created a beautiful life for me and our children,” said Mark.
“She also knew that she loved me for who I am and that she was someone she could trust. Until I met her, she wasn’t ready to have a family.”
Mark Wahlberg’s daily prayer routine helps him stay on track, especially in his commitment to his family.
“I pray for patience,” the devout Catholic said.
“I want to be an example, with my work ethic, with my commitment to my faith, with my commitment to my family.
“I was put in this position for a reason, it’s not to forget where I come from. I have to use these talents and gifts that have been given to me to help others.”
I’m glad he found something that keeps him grounded and has helped change his life. Please share if you agree.