He’s one of the world’s most famous actors and with two Oscars under his belt, Denzel Washington could rest on his laurels. But doesn’t seem to be forgetting where he came from.
In a commencement speech given to graduates at Dillard University on Saturday, Washington charged them with an assignment that cannot go unnoticed.
“No. 1: Put. God. First!” said Denzel. “Put God first in everything you do. Everything I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift.”
Washington spoke about his humble beginnings and then charged the students to “fail big” and keep things in perspective as they reach for their goals.
“And while you’re down there [on your knees], say thank you. Thank you for grace, thank you for mercy, thank you for understanding, thank you for wisdom, thank you for parents, thank you for love, thank you for kindness, thank you for humility, thank you for peace, thank you for prosperity. Say thank you in advance for what’s already yours.”
“Don’t just aspire to make a living,” said Washington, “aspire to make a difference.”