This time of year it becomes so easy to get wrapped up in materialism or just being concerned with all the things that you can do for one’s self. Denzel Washington has a few words that’ll help put you back on the right course.
This life isn’t about the things you can acquire. There’s nothing wrong with having things, but if acquisition is all you desire, you’ll be sorely mistaken when you draw your last breath and find out there was so much more to life. Denzel sums it up like this,
“You’ll never see a U-Haul chasing a hearse. Whatever you have in life, you can’t take it with you. The Egyptians tried, and all they got was robbed.”
Denzel goes on to explain that what really matters is what you do with what you have, not how much you have. God has given you something, now what are you going to do with it.
“I don’t have what you have. You don’t have what I have. We all have unique abilities and talents.”
And then he really sticks it us by asking,
“Who have you lifted up? Who have you made better? Today?”
Denzel doesn’t need statues or awards, and he doesn’t need fancy clothes. He says he’s in the service business.
“I’m in the service business.I’m here to serve God. I’m here to serve my family.”
Washington was raised as a preacher’s kid, and was even prophesied over that he too would become a preacher one day. He realized that he was called to preach, but through movies and not the pulpit.
Over the years, Washington has been very open about his faith. His father was a minister and very involved in the Church of God in Christ.
“My father, my earthly father, Denzel Washington Sr. was a pastor for the Church of God in Christ for 60 years. I can remember the most important time in our house – and he would be so excited – was when he was preparing to attend Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee. I didn’t know what he was doing when he got here – in fact I couldn’t even say the word, but I knew it was important to him.”
He says that he felt like church was a job, and was turned off from ministry in his formative years. After many career attempts, he ultimately, thankfully found acting.
“There’s never been a time where God didn’t direct, protect, and correct me. There may have been times where I was less than faithful to him, but he had faith in me.”
Mr. Washington just gave us some amazing words that we all try to live up to. When we realize that life isn’t about us, but it’s about helping other people, we wake up to our true callings.