“I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die.” Anne Lamott
A quick Google search for old-wives-tales revealed that not only are there a ton, but many don’t make any sense except to offer a false sense of control. Consider the following:
An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life.
An Acorn at the window will keep lightning out
Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
Of course, athletes have their own ways of striving to keep their luck going, like not washing a piece of clothing after a win. Who decided that was a good idea?
The attempt to look like you have it all together can be exhausting. More than that, the need to fee that you have control of everything around you can be limiting. The need to have things your way on your time or it feels wrong can become consuming if you don’t keep it in check. When we believe in the acorn to keep lightening out of a window as opposed to God, the acorn becomes an idol.
An idol is defined as an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. So when we think our hard work replaces God’s will it becomes an idol. When we think our choice is good enough without biblical counsel and prayer, our opinion becomes an idol. When other’s opinions are more important than what God says about who we are, or how we live our lives, they become an idol.
21 Do not despise us, for Your own name’s sake; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory;
Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O Lord our God?
Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.
Just like there are no other idols that give rain to a nation, only God can protect us from lightning coming into our window. Acorns have not been given that power. We cannot cause rain to start nor stop it from coming. There are things in life that need to be surrendered to the creator. This doesn’t mean it’s easy, it simply means we are working to accept that we are perfect just as God created us, which is not perfect.