“When they reached the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘What can I do for you before I’m taken from you? Ask anything.'” 2 Kings 2:9
Elisha told Elijah he wanted his life repeated in his own life–to be a holy man like Elijah. Have you ever wanted to be like someone you perceived to be holy, or for their strength, charisma, or integrity?
I knew a man everyone thought was the greatest guy in the world. Everyone knew him for his “spirit,” but beneath his broad smile and infectious laughter, he had a deep secret life as a child molester. I’m certain when he went to his grave most people saw him as a local hero, as no one could see or hear his secret.
I don’t know anyone I’d want to switch places with, but many people have characteristics I’d like to adopt, such as my grandmother’s spirit of generosity, my mother’s ability to be nonjudgmental, my husband’s patience, and my best friend’s sense of adventure.
God granted Elisha his wish to be like Elijah and to become the successor of the work he had begun. That put an awesome responsibility on his shoulders. God created us to be ourselves, so who are we to want to be someone else? For that reason we must find what we like about ourselves and make improvements on our shortcomings.
Dear Lord, help us live a life that others will want to emulate. Amen.