We tend to look with nostalgia at some of the giants of the past with admiration in a way that diminishes our sense of our times. Where is the Newton and Einstein today, the Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the Beethoven and Mozart, the Washington and Jefferson, the Rahner and Barth? Today’s artists, thinkers and leaders don’t seem to measure up. The story of the transition from the Prophet Elijah to his successor, Elisha, provides a valuable lesson. Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of your spirit.” “You have asked something that is not easy,” Elijah replied. Not easy, but possible. We only need to trust not in our own abilities but in what God can do with the likes of us.