If you point these things out to the believers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus who has been trained by the words of faith and the good teaching that you’ve carefully followed. But stay away from the godless myths that are passed down from the older women. Train yourself for a holy life! While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come. This saying is reliable and deserves complete acceptance. We work and struggle for this: “Our hope is set on the living God, who is the savior of all people, especially those who believe.” Command these things. Teach them. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Instead, set an example for the believers through your speech, behavior, love, faith, and by being sexually pure. Until I arrive, pay attention to public reading, preaching, and teaching. Don’t neglect the spiritual gift in you that was given through prophecy when the elders laid hands on you. Practice these things, and live by them so that your progress will be visible to all. Focus on working on your own development and on what you teach. If you do this, you will save yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:6-16, CEB)
I was struck by the sentence, “But stay away from the godless myths that are passed down from the older women.”
Timothy though is a book that doesn’t speak highly of women and has the passage that women should be quiet. And as I did research into that sentence I found that there is nothing about women in the original Greek. That verse from the ESV is “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;” Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. That is good advice. Stay away from irreverent, silly myths. Keep your focus on training for holy living, not just physical training but spiritual training. Keep your focus on Jesus.
Practice the things we need to to keep us strong in the faith. Using our spiritual gifts for the better of the world.
Loving People. Loving God.