Spurgeon on Teaching Children

“The prophet, it is written, ‘stretched himself upon the child.’ One would have thought it should be written, ‘he contracted himself!’ He was a full-grown man, and the other a mere lad. Should it not be ‘he contracted himself’? No, ‘he stretched himself;’ and, mark you, no stretching is hard than for a man to stretch himself to a child. He is no fool who can talk to children; a simpleton is much mistaken if he thinks that his folly can interest boys and girls. It needs our best wits, our most industrious studies, our most earnest thoughts, our ripest powers, to teach our little ones. You will not quicken the child until you have stretched yourself; and, though it seems a strange thing, yet it is so. The wisest man will need to exercise all his abilities if he would become a successful teacher of the young” (The Soul Winner, p. 156).

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