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What Happen When You Put God First?: Life Lessons from the Best Commencement Speech Ever!

Put God First— this is how Denzel Washington, an Academy Award-winning actor, started his inspiring commencement speech at Dillard University. Learn the reason why he is where he is right now, with all his achievement and success, through this video. These life lessons are tested and proven and will surely change your perspective of success!

“If you think you wanna do what I’ve done, then do what I have done”—Denzel Washington

This commencement speech is the best that I heard so far. Denzel Washington puts so much weight in bringing back all the glory of his achievements and success to God. He teaches us that success starts with putting God first. I was reminded of this verse from Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This advice didn’t just come from his own experiences, it is biblical! Denzel Washington is a living proof that the promise along with the command of seeking God first is true!

Lines like “Put your slipper way under the bed tonight so that when you wake up in the morning, you’ll have to get on your knees to reach them, and while you’re down, say thank you for grace….say thank you in advance for what’s already yours.” really stirred up my heart. This is the secret behind the success of this man and it is amazing how he gives glory to God with his success.

He ended his speech with this: “Don’t just inspire to make a living. Inspire to make a difference.” I hope that this speech will inspire us to all the more inspire other people with our lives. The goal is to make a difference and that difference will only come the moment that people saw the difference that only God can make.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”—Matthew 5:16

Whatever you’re asking for right now, it’s already yours! Just put God first in everything that you do and don’t forget to bring back the glory to Him!

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