Godless Myths and Old Wives’ Tails

You have probably heard the term “old wives’ tales.” One of the popular ones is that if you swallow chewing gum, it will stay in your system for seven years. Or what about the one that says if the pendulum swings side to side, you are having a girl, but if it swings in a circle, you are having a boy? We could look at many more, but let’s look at our verse of the day.

Our verse of the day comes from 1 Timothy 4:7-8.

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Train yourself to be godly. Be like an athlete who persists in training. That’s what the Apostle Paul counseled young Timothy to do.

Personally, I’m not particularly eager to do physical exercise. I find more enjoyment in woodworking and lifting large pieces of plywood and 2x4s. That’s my physical exercise. It has some value.

Forget old wives’ tales.

But the Apostle Paul is telling us that godliness has value for all things. My woodworking only benefits me and others on a small scale. Godliness benefits me and others on a grander scale. Being more godly also pleases the Lord. Godliness benefits my life here on earth and in the life to come.

I will forget the old wives’ tales that warn me against swallowing my gum or walking under a ladder. God’s word is not an old wives’ tale but truth to live by.


John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

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