Tim Allen is known as one of the funniest actors in Hollywood who is also a proud Christian patriot. However, he recently revealed that his youth was marked with years of heartbreak, tragedy, and sin that helped make him into the man he is today.
According to Conservative Brief, Allen suffered multiple tragedies in his childhood, the worst of which being when his father was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Allen was only 11 years-old at the time, and he was consumed with thoughts that he could have prevented the tragedy by praying harder about it.
Feeling like he had nowhere else to turn, Allen turned to drugs and alcohol for relief. His downward spiral continued until he was arrested for possession of a significant amount of cocaine. After pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges, Allen spent two years and four months in jail.
It was then that he decided to turn his life around.
“For years, I just did not like this idea of God, church,” Allen said. “(I was) still a churchgoer, but constantly a cynic.”
However, Allen soon developed a close personal relationship with God, who he calls “The Builder.”
“I always do ask — whoever put me here; The Builder — what did You want me to do?” he asked. “I just want a relationship with Whoever built me. This is too much; too weird that it happened by accident. I don’t believe that I happened by accident.”
Allen has now been sober for over a decade, and he spends much of his time preaching about the values of God and family when he isn’t working.
“I used to live an isolated existence, even in relationships, but now my family knows me for who I really am,” Allen said. “Mostly, that’s a good thing… Yesterday I was swimming with my 3 year-old, and I looked up and thought, ‘How wonderful this world is.’ We’re always searching for something, but it’s going to be all right. Stop fretting so much.”
“Seeing the worst parts of my behavior helped me to understand the better parts. So while I’m still more anxious than I want to be most of the time, I’m far less anxious than I used to be. I was doing comedy clubs, concerts, movies and TV, and didn’t ever realize how fatigued I was or how much I was missing in my life,” he continued.
God beless you, Tim Allen!