“There, but for the grace of God, go I.”
If we’re here because of God’s grace, what room is there to wonder what the meaning of life is? Seems pretty straightforward to me. You’re here because of Him, so let your life be a statement of thanks.
Perhaps it sounds preachy, or — like many things in life — perhaps you consider it easier said than done. But if you believe in God, it seems to be a simple enough answer.
For people who don’t believe in God, however, the answer is still pretty simple. You’re here because of the cosmos, or because of some amazing, gelatinous goo that, over time, turned into — well — you. So pay it forward, and prove to others that things really do evolve for the better and improve exponentially as the years tick by.
The meaning of life can really be gleaned from our early years when, for most of us, an adult tried to teach us the importance of saying “please” and “thank you.”
If an opportunity is placed in front of you, say, “Yes, please.” Assume you’ve been given that chance for a reason, and assume it’s because you’re capable of hitting it — whatever “it” is — out of the park.
Then say thank you to whatever deity, entity, being, speck of sand or star from which you think it came. Do good with it, and inspire others to do good with the opportunities that greet them in their own lives. No doubt, everyone’s opportunities and gifts will vary wildly. Some will seem bigger or more opulent or more important than others, but make no mistake: a gift is exactly that.
The meaning of life is to be thankful, and to show it. Be thankful for your existence, for your gifts, and use those gifts day in and day out. Put them out there for the world to see. In the same way evil inspires evil and mediocrity inspires mediocrity, good inspires good.
And thanks inspires thanks.