What is the meaning of life? Man has pondered this since the beginning of time.
Life is about first and foremost serving God, and doing everything you can for his glory. Life is also about choices, decisions, circumstances, the ability to make the right choices in spite of your circumstances, and then being able to deal with the consequences of your actions whether they are positive or negative. We live in a world today where no one wants to suffer even if they make a mistake. We do things first and ask questions later. I know from first hand experience that suffering is over rated but I also understand that the majority, if not all of my suffering has been a result of poor decision making. It is only by the grace of God that my mistakes did not lead to my demise, but I realize that the consequences attached helped build my character and helped make me a better man. A lot of people believe that as long as they are able to justify their actions they will never truly do anything wrong. This has lead to an extreme lack of accountability in our society, especially among the over privileged. The difference is that most of the time the under privileged are the ones who receive swift & severe punishment for their actions. Whether it is prison time or a lifetime of poverty which often go hand in hand. For every Bernie Madoff, their are hundreds of Inmates in jail for crimes of a much less serious nature.
The attitude of not being accountable is prevalent in many different aspects. Some people choose a mate for all the wrong reasons and then they use divorce as if it were some sort of plan B. 9 times out of 10, people know that they are dealing with a psycho with stunted development and they still choose to enter into a contract of marriage. In all reality when and if it all goes wrong, that is what it really is. A lot of people put more thought into choosing a car or a home than they do a husband or a wife. Ironically it is probably easier to divorce that it is sell your house or your car these days.
In schools now there is an A honor roll and an A,B honor role. This teaches our children that being the best is not necessary because they can be 2nd best, and receive a consolation prize for doing so. In my opinion this gives children a warped since of reality and life, because as adults there is rarely if ever compensation for being mediocre.
In the end we all have to pray without ceasing for wisdom, guidance, and strength. So that our lives will mean something more than just existing.