At the luncheon following his ordination as Bishop of Liverpool, England, Bishop Chavasse described his predecessor (who was the first bishop of Liverpool) Dr. J. C. Ryle as "that man of granite with the heart of a child." What a legacy! J. C. Ryle was a man of firm, resolute principles backed up by the simplicity and honesty found in the heart of a child. J. C. Ryle's greatness imminated from his childlike heart.
Jesus told Nicodemus one dark night (John 3), "Unless you become as a little child you cannot enter the Kingdom of God."
John Piper suggests we should pray, "Lord, give us such brokenhearted backbones of steel."