It is 1st Corinthians 1:26-31 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]
I can identify with this passage. I think that Grandma Martha may also identify with it.
My grandmother is getting acclimated at the Fairview Fellowship Home. She has made new friends and has really enjoyed her visits from old friends. My Dad, Stephanie, and Cheri have been organizing grandma's new house and going through things at her old house. Inside one of the cook books was a handwritten quote from
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
I have never heard that quote before, but I can see that she lived that way for many, many years.
Martha is a biblical name, and Cheri and I have had some conversations about Bible names. I have respect for people who chose biblical names for their children. Matthew, Mary, Mark, and John are all very popular. There are other names in the Bible associated with less than desirable people. Thankfully I don't know anyone named Jezebel or Judas. I know that today, that really doesn't mean much. I told Cheri that I couldn't find "Dennis" anywhere in the Bible. She had obviously thought this out, because she said that if you spell "Dennis" backwards it is all over the Bible. "SINNED".
I did manage to take away a little of the sting by replying that at least it was in the past tense.
Much love, Dennis