First Thing First

The GraduatesDenzel Washington recently gave the Commencement Address at Dillard University in New Orleans.

He broke his speech into four takeaways for the new graduates:

  1. Put God first: “Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift. … I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”
  2. Fail big: “Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember, dreams without goals, are just dreams. And they ultimately fuel disappointment. … I try to give myself a goal every day, sometimes it’s just not to curse somebody out.”
  3. You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse: “I don’t care how much money you make, you can’t take it with you. … It’s not how much you have, it’s what you do with it.”
  4. While you’re on your knees in the morning, say thank you: “Say thank you in advance for what is already yours. … True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand that it’s already yours. … When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one. Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.”

And I add: For as long as there are exams, there will always be prayers: ‘Dear God, please help me pass the test and tell me what the answer is. Thank you.’

Source: Huff Post: Denzel Washington at Dillard University

5 thoughts on “First Thing First

  1. Good morning, Perpetua. I love what you added at the end! SO TRUE! And my face turned red… how did you know what I had done? 😉
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Helen, good evening. Actually, that is a quote from a dean of Faculty of Theology. She knows her students quite well. Have a great week, Perpetua.

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