Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington had three short words to offer graduates of Dillard University. “Number one,” he said slowly and resolutely. “Put. God. First!”
In Washington’s commencement address at Dillard University this past A Saturday, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the actor declared “Put God first in everything you do.” Responding to loud cheers, Washington continued, “Everything I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift.”
Washington received an honorary doctorate from the New Orleans’ school. He told a story about his life 40 years earlier. At the time, he had a 1.7 grade point average; Washington was sitting in his mother’s beauty parlor when a woman gave him “a prophecy.”
Washington said the woman told him he would “travel the world and speak to millions of people.” While her words came true, “the most important thing that stayed with me since is that I’ve been protected, I’ve been directed, I’ve been corrected. I’ve kept God in my life and it’s kept me humble.
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Denzel Washington Tells College Graduates, “Put God First in Everything You Do” was originally published on praisecleveland.com