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"I could barely see her face in the dark. ’Guess I better head home,’ I whispered. There was a long pause. I leaned down. She was on tiptoes. I closed my eyes and concentrated on pursing my lips just right. Our faces sort of smooshed together.

"There was one millisecond of awkwardness, and then the world stopped dead. It was that instant when the Kennywood Park roller coaster reached the summit and was about to descend. I couldn’t hear anything, see anything, think anything. Every atom of me was concentrated in my lips.

"Then the coaster descended. I was dizzy. I mumbled ’Good-night’ and lurched out the screen door. There was a buzzing sound in my ears, and I could feel every hair on my crew-cut head.

"I walked quickly down the street, listening to my heart beat somewhere deep in my stomach. ’Golly,’ I said to myself. I swallowed a couple of times and took a deep breath. ’Golly’

"When I got home, Mom was sitting at the kitchen table. ’Hi,’ she said. ’How was the movie?’ How was the movie? How was the world? How was the world’s greatest kisser? I climbed the stairs and went to bed. But I didn’t go to sleep for a very long time."

That boy was preoccupied, thinking about that girl and that kiss beyond anything else.

In that context, can you grasp A. W. Tozer’s definition of worship? True worship is an everlasting preoccupation with God.

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