After doing a recent study of world religions and how they compare to Christianity, I believe what really separates a true Christian from other religious beliefs is the word relationship. While all other religions command or require a certain amount of works and commitment from their followers, Christianity asks for a relationship.
That relationship starts with us and Jesus Christ. Then it moves to our relationships with others around us-family, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, classmates, etc.
Because Christianity is about relationships, it is possible to be disappointed. The closer the level of intimacy, the higher the risk of pain or hurt. People will let people down. The ones closest to you usually are the ones who hurt you the most-it's just a fact of life.
But staying outside of community and relationships is not healthy either. Everyone needs that brother or sister to lend a helping hand, or give a hug or encouraging word. If you are out there as a lone ranger, you will feel the world is out to get you.
Life is hard, it is fragile, but it can be an exciting adventure when you love God and love others. Make the best of it-make your life an adventure, a journey. Work hard on your relationship with God and with others. It will be worth it.