Renowned actor and Oscar winner Denzel Washington affirmed his strong belief in God during a Christian men’s conference in Florida last Saturday, Sept. 18, according to The Christian Post.

The Better Man Event” conference, organized by First Baptist Orlando, had the famed actor as one of the featured speakers, and in the 30 minutes he had available, he told, among other things, what God has been telling him recently as he prays.

“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. I’m here to serve, to help, to provide,” Washington recounted.

“In every prayer, all I hear is: ‘Feed my sheep.’ That’s what God wants me to do,'” the actor told his spiritual mentor, the senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, AR Bernard.

The Oscar winner acknowledged that he often wonders what that means, although he clarified: “What I found out in the last couple of years is there are all kinds of sheep. So that’s why I talk to experienced shepherds to help guide me.”

He also said that while the world has changed and John Wayne’s method does not fit today, “strength, leadership, power, authority, guidance, patience are God’s gift to us as men. We have to cherish that, not abuse it.”

During his presentation, he also wanted to let the listeners know that despite the “redeemer” roles he played in movies, his life is very different, and he had his struggles in choosing to live for God.

“What I played in the movies is not who I am, it’s what I played,” he clarified. 

“I’m not going to sit or stand on any pedestal and tell you about what I had in mind for you or your soul. Because the fact of the matter is, in the whole 40-year process, I was struggling for my own soul,” Washington added.

At the same time, he left an essential message to the public about what fame means and its dangers.

“We’re willing to do anything—ladies and young men—to be influential. … Fame is a monster and we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. Be you famous or whoever’s out there listening, we all have our individual challenges. It’s cliché [but] money, don’t make it better. It doesn’t. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities,” he candidly remarked.

Washington also had time to give a taste of his humility.

“I hope that the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God’s sight, but I’m human. I’m just like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth for one more day.”

On the other hand, he wanted to make clear what fear means to him.

“Fear is nothing but contaminated faith.”

And he left this advice.

“So you got to lift them faith weights. You got to do your curls and your squats daily. You may get injured; you may want to throw them down, you may want to give up, you may never be big … you have to refill your bucket every night. You have to refill your bucket every morning.”

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