“I pray that you put your slippers way under the bed tonight, so that when you wake up you have to get on your knees to reach them. And while you’re down there, say thank you.” Denzel Washington) Denzel encouraged the graduates of Dillard Univ to “put God first in their life.” He once considered becoming a preacher, but chose an acting career instead. His values show up in what he says and does. Isn’t that how it should be for each of us? ;-) Jack
FROM TAMPA SHIRL: Yes, of course, and it used to be and maybe still is.====JACK: Sometimes "old fashioned" is still in fashion.
FROM FACEBOOK LIZ: Like Denzel a lot.====JACK: I like it that he gave the graduation speech at Dillard. That New Orleans school has a long history of being dedicated to providing "higher education" to African-Americans.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: ABSOLUTELY! IT WASN'T UNTIL WE WERE ORDAINED INTO PROFESSIONAL MINISTRY THAT WE REALLY UNDERSTOOD HOW EFFECTIVE LAYMEN CAN BE; AS BILL'S BROTHER ONCE SAID TEASINGLY, "YOU GET PAID FOR BEING GOOD; I HAVE TO BE GOOD FOR NOTHING!" ONE CAN HAVE A MINISTRY WHILE PRACTICING ANY VOCATION! DENZEL IS INSPIRING IN THIS WAY. THANKS FOR GOOD WW TODAY !====JACK: I noticed the "we" in "we were ordained." I liked it! You are certainly fulfilling what God has called you to do.
FROM PEPPERMINT MARY: so wow...we had a special visit last night by a man really down on his luck. he went down on his knees as he told his story. we spoke to him and tried to guide him. when he left, i cried and wondered how some people build greatness through adversity and some can't. mark responded simply..."it's luck". we are lucky people. god bless him and us all. ====JACK: Do you mean that Jesus actually showed up at your door? Lucky you!====MARY: he did teach us a lesson and gave me the song of the day..."we're all just seeds in god's" hands.
you gave me a song of the day last week as well. i haven't met god on a street corner smoking his last cigarette but joan osborne met god on a bus once. she wrote a song about it..."what if god was one of us". it's one of my favs.====JACK: "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." God became one of us in the form of Jesus. The baby Jesus, the 12-yr-old Jesus, the teacher Jesus, the Jesus on the cross, the dead Jesus, the risen Jesus...all are God in disguise.
FROM DR JUDY: Pretty cool to think that Denzel got to play the role in The Preachers Wife. Must have been a neat experience.====JACK: The part came naturally...His mom was a preacher's wife.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: He's one of my favorite actors. There is something special about his acting: perhaps it's because he is so calm and belivable. As for getting down on my knees, it's not going to happen until I get up to Heaven and become wholly healed.====JACK: In a seminary class we once had a discussion about the proper position for prayer. I remember the professor saying, "God doesn't care if you're standing on your head when you're offering your prayers?" Have you tried doing that?
FROM THE WISFORNIA GIRL: Nice*** I put Him First*****====JACK: The First commandment..."You shall have no other gods before me." You probably remember that from your confirmation classes.