New Wineskins

New Wineskins from pouring in new wine will cause irreparable damage, rendering both skin and wine useless. Sometimes, one must realize that some transformation is considered completed when it fulfills its purpose through a thorough process that has lasting effect to the entity, from each part as individual pieces to a well-designed combination with every piece working together as a whole. The process of change is evident all throughout, never neglecting a single part, as one would examine: polished anew from the inside out; well-crafted from the outer shell to the innermost parts; meticulously built with a purpose from beginning to end.

Aristotle quoted, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Indeed, for purpose plays an important role in the design and overall value of one thing. Then, when transformation takes place, the process must apply to the whole.

Traditionally, instead of bottles or wooden barrels, wine used to be fermented in wineskins. It would undergo a long period of storage. When the process was done, the wine would be ready for use. However, used wineskin is no longer reusable. As time progresses, the natural wear-and-tear due to age and the process of fermentation may cause the wineskin to expand, and as a result, the skin will eventually be worn out, making it vulnerable for damage. Thus, it will no longer be appropriate for another process because further streshings cannot be suitable for use even after thorough cleaning. Like the concept of pouring new wine into old wineskins, the worn-out skins cannot be cleaned or restored to its original state, and attempting to store the wine will only make things worse, bursting the skin to utter ruin. Furthermore, the good wine will only spill onto the ground and be put to waste.

This principle can be applied to old habits, old mindsets and old beliefs. One cannot force new habits, mindsets and beliefs into a person who remains the same inwardly. New things need a new vessel to contain them. The term “a change of heart” can be derived from this. Some things need a total transformation—an overall and lasting change—in order to accomplish its designated purpose, and thus maximize its potential for greater things.

Evelyn D. Gabinete

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