"Many friends and acquaintances look at you with avid curiosity: How does a Christian respond in this situation? What does a person who goes to church every week and has one of those fish stickers on the back of her car do when bad stuff happens to her? Often they are really asking the questions not to judge you or criticize you but because they genuinely want to know if being a Christian makes a practical difference in your life. When you react exactly the same way they would in a crisis, they can't help but wonder, Why in the world would I need her God? We have to ask ourselves the same hard question: If being a Christian makes no difference in the way we respond to problems, what good is our faith? What have we gained by going to church every weekend, attending Bible studies, memorizing Scripture, and sending our kids to Christian school if, when trouble comes, we're just like everyone else?"
-- Kay Warren, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough