Kel Mitchell makes devotion his cornerstone while mentoring the next generation
After 25 years in the entertainment industry, Kel Mitchell is ready to share his story. But not quite as you imagine.
With an extremely recognizable face due to his long career as a child star, it’s the natural assumption that he would choose to write a memoir when writing his first book. But the veteran actor and host instead saw the authorship as an opportunity to spread the message of the devotional and meditative practices that have helped him weather adversity and achieve success over the years.
In his first book, blessed modeMitchell shares inspiring stories from her own life, told through a lens of faith healing, coupled with devotions for the reader’s personal use.
“A lot of people, they were like, ‘Yo, Kel, you have such a deep story. It would be really cool if you did a memoir. But I wanted to do a devotional because devotions have been a big part and a big help in my life as I navigated and grew into life with God,” he said. “I thought, ‘You know what? I want to do the same for others. Let them know that they are beautifully and wonderfully made, that God loves them, and share my stories in little short devotions on every page for each day for them. And it will only be a boost for their day and for their faith.
For Mitchell, taking the time each morning to focus on his God and his faith prepares him to face whatever the day throws at him.
“I get up at 4 a.m. and let my mind wake up. After that, I actually go into prayer. I meditate. I take whatever stress or anxiety I know is about to come. to appear or that I don’t know will occur. Only the Lord knows, so I tell him.
blessed mode sees Mitchell sharing his techniques, prayer prompts, and inspiring short stories of his own life and experiences to help others find the peace and preparation he has gained over the years. Growing up in the church – his grandfather was a pastor and his parents were strict churchgoers – he was endowed with the faith from an early age. But approaching God personally was something he had to discover for himself.
“I have seen the work of prayer. I have seen people use their faith. I knew God,” he explained. “I know God. But then, there is a difference between knowing and actually having a relationship with God.
It is a mission that he also lives outside of his writing. In addition to her jobs as an MTV host Delightand CBS Saturdays Tails of Valor and Furever Friends, Youth Pastor Mitchell in his spare time. He also takes the time to mentor and guide his young co-stars on projects like the upcoming All that reboot, offering an open ear and an honest perspective he often couldn’t find in the adults he worked with as a young TV star.
“It was very important to me to say to the cast members, the young people on the show, ‘I want you to know that this isn’t something that makes you special. You were made special when you were in womb,” Mitchell said. “‘So there’s going to be other things you’re going to do. That job isn’t the only thing that makes you special. You’re already special. God loves you.’ ”
He thinks this message is good not only for teenagers and young adults under the pressure of a big job in the spotlight, but also for young people from all walks of life in modern society.
“Even outside of entertainment, young people have a lot to do. You know what I mean? They face bullying, they face cyberbullying, they face things in their environment.
“What’s important to me is the ability to find joy in turmoil, to find Christ in crisis, to find that love through it all.”