The Human Heart & Michelle Obama’s Speech In Nashville (5/18/13)

I heard Michelle Obama speak today in Nashville at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School graduation. She said:

“You can only find your passion by looking inside yourself and that’s hard work.” It’s the message of our society — follow your heart.

However, when I honestly look inside myself I see what the Bible calls a heart that is “desperately wicked.” When I sincerely look inside myself, I see a rebel driven by personal desire and pleasure, who given harmful life-shaping circumstances could do anything wrongful that any other human being has done; who will self-destruct and/or hurt others if not restrained by law, threat of punishment, conscience, fear of negative consequences, respect for others, and self-discipline; but most of all by intimate surrender of my will to our Creator.

Fact is, our passions and desires can be (and often are) morally wrong. Perhaps we would be better off looking to God and His Word and obeying Him rather than our own desires.

So, how wicked is the human heart? ABC News reported tonight that Americans steal $50,000,000,000.00 worth of office supplies from their employers every year.

Intel, also, uses the slogan “Look inside.”  So, what do you see when you honestly look inside your own heart?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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4 Responses to The Human Heart & Michelle Obama’s Speech In Nashville (5/18/13)

  1. Gracie Baxter says:


  2. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks, Gracie. Just sharing what I see inside of me.

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