Denzel Washington’s character in “Training Day” famously tells his rookie partner, “You got to decide if you’re a wolf or a sheep.” Fast forward 20 years and Washington says God now tells him, “Feed my sheep.”
In a conversation with Pastor A.R. Bernard from Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, Washington said he has dedicated himself to spend his life helping others because God has made it clear to him it’s time to feed God’s sheep.
“In every prayer, all I hear is: ‘Feed my sheep.’ That’s what God wants me to do,” Washington said, adding he has sought counsel with Christian leaders to understand what that message means. “I hope that the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God’s sight, but I’m human.”
He shared the same message with thousands attending “The Better Man” convention for Christian men in Orlando, Florida last weekend. “At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not just to do good the right way, but to honor my mother and my father by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth,” the iconic movie star told the audience, adding he exists to serve and help others.
The Better Man Event web site describes the weekend gathering as an annual 2-hour event providing spiritual knowledge and wisdom that invites men to grow deeper with Jesus by equipping them through testimony, stories and brotherhood to become better together.
“I’m just like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth for one more day,” Washington told the audience. “Share what you know, inspire who you can, seek advice. If you want to talk to one someone, talk to the one that can do something about it. Constantly develop those habits.”
“Fame is a monster,” Washington warned, “and we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. It’s cliché, [but] money don’t make it better. It doesn’t. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities.”
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