I don’t always practice this inner spiritual discipline well. But when I do, something opens up to me I can’t fully explain in words. I can be in the midst of a busy restaurant and suddenly find myself so deeply aware that this moment and the person before me is everything.

Undistracted for at least this present moment, I’m fully here. Now. Nowhere else.

Not in my head. Not following a thought that’s carried me miles away to an obligation elsewhere.

Instead, I’ve slipped past the narrow gate guarded by my thoughts, and fallen into my heart—Eternity itself—where the fullness of God dwells. And this, at least for one timeless moment, is bliss. It’s an authentic experience of the gospel Jesus preached: “the kingdom of God is here, within you” (Luke 17.21). Now is the moment of salvation (2 Corinthians 6.1).

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AuthorChris Neufeld-Erdman