We were made by God and for God, and until we figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either we are in one now, we're just coming out of one, or we're getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is God is more interested in our character than our comfort; God is more interested in making our life holy than He is in making our life happy. We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys - I go through a dark time, then I go to the mountaintop, back and forth. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times I have something good and something bad in my life..
No matter how good things are in our life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in our life, there is always something good we can thank God for.
We can focus on our purposes, or we can focus on our problems: If we focus on your problems, we're going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.' But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get our focus off yourself and onto God and others.
There is a saying that "If we look on others we will be distress, if we look on ourselves we will be depress, bu if we look on JESUS we will be bless."
We have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder.
We need to ask ourselves:
Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?
If I don't get anything else done today, I want to know God more and love Him better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list.He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.