God blessed Actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves, with a little boy nearly 9 years ago. And as his son's birthday approaches, the star opened up about how the Bible inspired Matthew McConaughey to choose the name Levi.
Matthew is pretty outspoken about his Christian faith. But it wasn't always that way.
The star admits he drifted away from faith when he first became famous. He stopped going to church all together, caught up in life as a Hollywood superstar.
But his wife Camila's devotion to Christ reminded him of what really matters. He was inspired to return to his faith, and even had his favorite bible verse (Matthew 6:22) engraved on his wedding band as a way of honoring the person who brought him back to Christ.
"The light of the body is the eye; if then your eye is true, all your body will be full of light." Matthew 6:22
That same verse played a huge role in Matthew's life while he and Camila were expecting.
The Bible Inspired Matthew McConaughey
The couple decided against finding out the gender of their baby. And so, they had a list of seven names to choose from.
“Levi's another name for Matthew in the bible,” he said. “We [he and his wife Camila Alves] had talked about possibly Matthew, Jr. if he was a boy. And my favorite [verse] in the bible is Matthew 6:22.”
But soon after the doctor announced to the couple they'd had a boy, it became clear Levi was the perfect fit!
After spending some time cuddling with their precious baby boy, the doctor handed them a card to fill out with the boy's chosen name. Listed on the card was their son's birth time -- exactly 6:22pm!
And with the time perfectly matching his favorite verse, the Bible inspired Matthew McConaughey to decide on Levi!
WATCH: Matthew McConaughey Shares Story Of Naming Levi
Matthew has certainly made some interesting choices throughout the years, but we're excited to hear Christ is working on his heart. We pray Matthew will continue to seek God's truth, and it will be a blessing he passes along to his children.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became our father again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn't fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1: 3-5
h/t: Christian Headlines
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