The phrase “real talk” gets thrown around a lot on the interwebs. It’s rarely realer than when it comes from Denzel Washington (see Denzel Washington Tells College Graduates: ‘Put God first’). Where most celebrities like to talk about themselves while promoting movies, Denzel talks about God.
“I’m in the service business now, I’m fine. I’ve done well. I don’t need any watches and all of that. So I’m here to serve God, here to serve my family.”
“One of your sermons you talked about was the enemy is the inner me. And I’ve kept that.”
“Give thanks for blessings every day. Every day. Embrace gratitude. Encourage others. It is impossible to be grateful and hateful at the same time.”
“I pray that you put your slippers way under your bed at night, so that when you wake in the morning you have to start on your knees to find them. And while you’re down there, say ‘thank you.'”
“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.”
More celebrities should take note. Rather than lecturing the rest of us how we’re stupid, hateful, ignorant and then suddenly turn around and ask us to support them in their new movies (um… how about no?) some practices in gratitude, looking up to God and showing thanks for the shower of blessings they’ve received?
No, I’m not suggesting all celebrities should become born again Christians who preach in front of all white backgrounds with piano music pinging in the background. That’s a certain level of annoying as well. But to show an appreciation, to show humility rather than broadcast the size of their egos would be a delightful (certainly less irksome) change, no?
Denzel Washington at least seems like the genuine article. He’s not out complaining about the American people, not complaining about Donald Trump who has yet to take office. He’s not complaining at all. He’s showing humility, a grateful heart, and a love of his Lord. See also Chris Pratt.
Contrast Washington with these B-list phlegm receptacles…