THE MEANING OF LIFE IN FIVE BULLET POINTS, ACCORDING TO ME

What I've learned but have yet to truly understand or perfect. When it comes to acting on or according to these, I fail regularly. Thankfully, failing is where bullet #4 comes in. Inspired by @ListPrompts
  1. Faith
    What I cling to, blindly clawing at it for dear life, when I'm in fear of the scariest thing—the unknown future.
  2. Hope
    Every day may not be good but there's something good in every day (no idea who said this) and this gives me hope for the future.
  3. (But the greatest of these is) Love
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13: 4-8
  4. Grace
    Without grace we would all just get what we deserved at the worst possible time/when we are our worst selves, and wouldn't life be awful if this was the case? To me, grace means putting others first, being empathetic, and forgiving other as I hope to be forgiven. Goes hand-in-hand with the Golden Rule.
  5. Joy
    Happiness is fleeting and external and we are always chasing the next thing that we think will bring it to us. Joy, on the other hand, comes from within. I read this and (applied broadly and not just to relationships) it really changed my perspective: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pathological-relationships/201212/joy-vs-happiness