Ancient wisdom for today (23)

August 23rd 2012, Day 23, Proverbs 23

“Don’t judge wine by its label, or its bouquet, or its full-bodied flavour. Judge it rather by the hangover it leaves you with — the splitting headache, the queasy stomach.” Proverbs 23: 31-32 (The Message)

The Bible says elsewhere (1 Samuel 16: 7) that “God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart” (The Message) – today’s proverb seems like it’s encouraging us to do something similar; not to be taken in by impressive labels (or indeed put off by less-impressive ones) – but to look at the quality of the content.

If you’re faced with something unfamiliar today – why take a moment and see if you can discern it’s true nature (whether it’s a situation, a person or, indeed, a wine) rather than jump to conclusions based on the most obvious thing about it – you might get a pleasant surprise (or avoid an unpleasant one)