What’s That Vague Malaise About?

  • “When you get up again…you feel a vague malaise.”
  • “Where life is, and where it is not.”
  • “Go where the nourishment is.”
  • “The streams of real life flowed elsewhere.”
  • “Enough to keep you from scurvy and beriberi but not enough for optimum health.”

That reminds me of some of my entertainment experiences. Some books I buried myself in left me feeling that way. And computer games. And blogs.

Well, here’s more of the flesh surrounding some of the above bones:

I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon, and I wonder if you have sensed it too: There is a curious emptiness inside after spending time sitting in front of the TV. You hunker down for an hour of something enjoyable. But when you get up again two sitcoms and a bowl of ice cream later, you feel a vague malaise, even a mild embarrassment, a thing so subtle as to be barely detectable.


“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me…” (Isaiah 55:2-3).


The dietary recommendations of the RDA are enough to keep you from scurvy and beriberi but not enough for optimum health. As Christians, we can imbibe just enough spirituality to stay borderline healthy (or borderline sick). But why settle for that when God wants to give us more? I share all this only because the time is short and we have a finite number of days left to live before God in the land of the living.

Here’s the full deal: Fullness, emptiness.

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Above all, love God!
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