Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. (Ps. 48:9)

WALKING EVERY DAY for thirty minutes is a good habit. You can break the thirty minutes into two fifteen-minute segments or three ten-minute segments. Plus, walking is an inexpensive form of exercise. A good pair of shoes is all you need to invest in.

What are some benefits you might derive from the daily habit of walking? Research studies cite lower blood pressure, weight loss, better sleep, reduced risk of heart disease, greater energy, reduced stress, improved balance, and better control of joint swelling and pain from arthritis.

I picked up the walking habit in 2001 after suffering a stroke. Before then, my walking usually consisted of a leisurely stroll from golf cart to golf ball or from couch to refrigerator. But with the help of our Maltese, Molly, I began to walk every day. Initially, the walk was short, but gradually I increased the distance. Now, a daily two-mile walk is the norm. Walking has improved my health so much that I no longer experience any ill effects of the stroke. Further, I have lost about thirty pounds.

However, if you want to improve your spiritual health, develop the good habit of walking into church regularly. As you worship, meditate on the truth that God’s love is unfailing.

Meditate today on the many ways God shows that He loves you!

Jim Dyet is a retired editor, a part-time pastor, and an avid golfer. He and his wife, Gloria, have been married fifty-five years.