Spiritual Practice


Rachel Starr Thomson

I try to walk a couple of kilometers every day. I hope that taking a daily walk will keep me healthy when I am older. For now, it gets me out of my chair and into fresh air and sunshine once a day. It gives me time to think, to be creative, and to pray.

I enjoy walking and get a lot of benefit from it, but getting myself out the door isn’t always easy. Walking is like praying, Bible reading, or eating healthy food instead of a bag of Doritos. (Yep, I’m eating corn chips as I write!) Something in my nature—in human nature—fights against doing what is good for us.

I make myself walk. And when I do, I find it easier to make myself pray, to read my Bible, to build healthy relationships, to eat nutritious food. Discipline in one area of my life spills over into other areas. Body affects spirit and vice versa. I walk not only because it’s good for my body, but because it’s good for all of me. Like everything else in my life, walking is part of my worship.


Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
3 John 1:2 (NIV)


ACT ON IT: Choose one healthy activity. Discipline yourself to get moving, reading the Bible, eating healthy, or praying every day.

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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