Embracing Grace: The Sin Gene

A 365 Day Devotional Journal

Day 1


Today, I would like to introduce you to a year-long taste of my “personal encouragement journaling.” We are all told to hold ourselves accountable to others, so here it is. I purposefully waited until February to begin these posts so as to avoid the fiasco of falling into the trap of “Oh, another New Year’s Resolution bites the dust.” Today is Day One of my journey toward weight loss and balance. I’ve tried holding myself accountable to family and friends and, frankly, it hasn’t worked. You are invited as my accountability partners in this year-long endeavor. Are you ready to join me? Remember, I am writing these posts as an encouragement for me to stay faithful with losing weight, but I suspect there are more than a few of you in e-readerland who are in the same middle-age spread boat. Here it goes:


You are about to embark on the most incredible journey of your life. This adventure is one during which you will meet God in ways you never before experienced. You will be refreshed. Renewed. Reborn. Does this claim astonish you? You will be amazed, for the Father waits with glee for you to come along. He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for another, He delights to do for YOU. Will you trust Him to work in you? Every move of God is miraculous. Do you know He desires to move in you? Join with me, and let us walk His miraculous path together. Enjoy the journey, and embrace the Grace you discover along the way.

Day 1

Scripture:  Psalm 139

Why was I born this way?  It isn’t fair!  Just take a look at…  She/he has never been fat and eats like a pig!  Am I doomed to live with this curse the rest of my life?

Have you ever asked any of these questions of yourself?  The mind is a marvelous place.  It enables us to learn and acquire knowledge.  But wisdom comes not through experience but through the fear of the Lord.  Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Our education this year together begins in the heart, in the seat of our emotions, and in the inner throne room of God.

So, since scientists have uncovered the fat gene, I am off the hook for being overweight.  But I wonder, will they one day discover the sin gene?

“The Sin Gene.” Photo copyright © 2001, Érin Elise.

With a Gary Larson sense of humor, I can see the newspaper headlines now:

“Scientists Discover the Sin gene:  GUILTY as Charged!”

Below the headline, you see all the fat people in the world lined up in chains for execution at a guillotine.  And the ones operating the guillotine are, naturally, all the svelte, skinny people with a Napoleonic-dominate-the-world complex, who are giddy about ridding the gene pool of all us undesirables. They are screaming, “Off with their heads!”

Did you expect something less?  Mwa-ha-ha!

Oh great, now she’s harping I’m fat because of sin!

No, I’m not.  The Word of God says we all are born in sin. So if a fat gene exists, there surely must be a sin gene somewhere inside us, right?  It has nothing to do with overeating. It has everything to do with overeating. It goes back to the genesis of our creation.

Read: Psalm 139. Journal your private thoughts.

Father God, I desire to honor You in every area of my life. Let Your strength fill me and do what I have been unable to do on my own strength. Fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit this day, and may You be glorified throughout this year. Amen.

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