Look around. You will see a lot of distinctions and differences -- distinctions and differences in our culture, our world, and even in the church community. Our different backgrounds and different perspectives construct the diverse world we live in.
I can't recall ever meeting a person who desired his/her entire life to yield aimless wandering. Yet, our American culture is stuffed with distractions that consume us with the trivial -- filling our time with things that ultimately do not really matter.
Recently in the news, we have seen a volcano on the big island of Hawaii unleash its immense power -- eruptions that have thrown ash tens of thousands of feet away and lava that has destroyed homes and burned acres of land. This immense power, as it lays below the surface, goes relatively unnoticed. But when it finds its way to the surface, we are reminded of the strength that has been there the whole time.
Our faith in Christ is not so much developed while sitting in worship listening to a sermon or during a Bible study class. Those are good places to start, but the truth is our faith is developed in truly meaningful ways as we experience the tension between Who God is and the pain and challenges of life.