ONE SMALL CHANGE

Friday: September 4th, 2020

Luke 5:39 And no one, after drinking old wine, wants new, because he says, ‘The old is better.’

I am probably the last person expected to write anything about wines because the only thing I really know about them are: the colours, red or white and that wines have fancy names. The real judges of taste will be the connoisseurs of wine. However, there is a body of knowledge that seems to support the claim that ‘wine tastes better with age”. A quick search will attribute this to a series of chemical reactions which affect the taste, colour and aroma of wines and enhances these.

Nonetheless, our text today appears to agree with the proposition in the paragraph above: “No one wants new wine after drinking old wine. In effect, from the very onset, old wine is made synonymous with better wine.” Hence even from a mental point of view, old wine has won and is the preferred option over new wine.

However, in this entire discussion so far, one word has been left out – “SOME”. The introduction of this into the frame of this discourse significantly alters its course because “Not every wine tastes better with age”. Thus, the correct claim should be “Some wines taste better with age”. We therefore have the opportunity to realise how one single word has an effect on the context, meaning and the choices we might make?

Too often, we underestimate the impact of small things and small changes because we expect big things to be the cause of massive shifts. But sweetheart, even with the most subtle of changes, impact can be very profound.

#sly

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