Victor Frankl and the Mission of Love

Those of us who choose to live for a purpose may believe that we have a special mission or calling in life. Some of us even may view this mission as constructed for each of us by God. In this sense, we do not create a mission, but rather we try to discover the one or ones already created for us by God. The question becomes not what we expect from life, but what God expects from us. The negative aspect of this view might point toward an uncomfortable idea of predetermination, but the positive aspect is its optimism that our mission does exist and "all" we have to do is to find it.

The Practice of Love

The meaning-power of love is obvious if we take a moment to realize how uncommon it is for someone who is deeply in love to say that his or her life has no meaning. So, if we love God or a higher power, we may experience increased meaning in our lives. Furthermore, there is another meaning-producing benefit from this "sacred" love. If we love God with all our heart as advocated by some religions, this love often does not stay confined to God—it often extends to other areas of our lives. Moreover, when this happens, often the love is returned to us, thus increasing the meaning power of the original love we had for God.

Part Two of this article will emphasize how you can increase meaning in your religion by applying knowledge of your culture and personal psychological characteristics such as personality.

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