Viktor Frankl, founder of the third Viennese School of Psychotherapy – Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – makes a very important point about the meaningfulness in life and how a person of faith experiences life in a different dimension. It is this dimension that augments a person’s understanding of life as a task (or series of tasks) that they are uniquely given to fulfill.
Frankl says this in ‘The Doctor and the Soul’ (p.70-71):
While the man who is not conscious of his responsibility simply takes life as a given fact, existential analysis teaches people to see life as an assignment. But the following addendum must be made: there are people who go a step further, who as it were, experience life in a further dimension. They also experience the authority from which the task comes. They experience the taskmaster who has assigned the task to them. In our opinion we have here an essential characteristic of the religious man: he is a man who interprets his existence not only in being responsible for fulfilling his life tasks, but also as being responsible to the taskmaster.