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Absorb Everything

ChildrenAny good friendship is two-sided. In the Sunday school environment, there is the child's reaction to his or her teacher and the teacher's influence over their pupils. Both are equally important. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) the Italian physician and educator in "The Absorbent Mind" referred to this phenomena writing, "From birth to age six, your child's brain works in a very different way than an adult does. At this age, her mind is like a sponge, soaking up huge amounts of information from her environment. She is absorbing everything around her, effortlessly, continuously, and indiscriminately."

Like Sponges

At its very best, we have children in school who are like sponges that absorb everything that they see and hear. God, however, views children quite differently than we do. Jesus tells some disbelieving adults in Mark 10.15 "Truly I tell you, anyone, who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." Jesus is saying that unless adults became like children who are childlike but not childish they will never enter the Kingdom of God. Little ones have special qualities that make them precious in God's sight. Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) the award-winning Christian author may have quoted Ann Van Tassells Lincoln Lines, but once said, "Children are like sponges. They absorb all your strength and leave you limp. But give them a squeeze and you get it all back." What a wonderful thought and what a great challenge for the Sunday school teacher!

"Children Like Sponges"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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