Are You Trying to Fit Into Old Wineskins?
By Linda Ranson Jacobs
“Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If
they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out
and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine
into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew
One spring day I was walking in my neighborhood. As
I rounded the curve I noticed a little girl that looked
to be about 5 years of age, playing outside while her
mom was working in the yard. When I came back around
the next time the little girl was dragging out a large
tub. As I passed by her house she began to pull out the
The next time around the block, the hose was in the
bucket, water was spilling out over the sides and the
little girl was nowhere to be seen. In just a moment
she came running out of the house and had on what appeared
to be last year’s swimsuit. Evidently she had grown quite
a lot over the winter. She gleefully jumped in the tub
of water. She tried to sit down in the tub. She stood,
got out of the tub and walked around looking at it. With
a look of determination she took a running jump and headed
for the water again. No matter how hard she tried, she
no longer fit in that small tub.
The little girl with her too little swim suit and the
tub she could no longer fit into reminded me of a lot
of single parents that have experienced a change in their
lives. Some adults continue to try and go back and fit
into their old life. Maybe you have experienced a crisis
such as divorce or the death of a husband and you just
can’t quite accept how your life has turned out. So you
try to go back and fit into a life that no longer fits.
In Matthew 9:17 it says, “Neither do men pour new wine
into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst,
the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are
preserved.” Jesus brings a “newness” to our life. He
doesn’t want us to try and fit into our old life. He
wants us to pour ourselves into a new and better life
Each experience we have in life grows us and matures
our life with Christ. People we meet become part of our
living history. Attitudes change, trust levels change.
Friends come and go. Hopefully our faith walk grows to
the point we can’t fit into old wineskins.
“I live by faith in the son of God, who loved and gave
himself for me.” Galatians 2:20b
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and not guaranteed solutions to your particular problems.
Linda offers this information because she was a single
mom for years and ran a child care where the majority
of her children were from single parent families. She
offers support, encouragement, and suggestions to help
you succeed as a single parent.