There are few bigger failures in the New Testament than Peter. On the other hand, he’s one of the greatest success stories in Scripture. He went from denying he knew Jesus to preaching at Pentecost in a matter of days.
Ho much of life is anticipation. We spend far more time looking forward to things than we do enjoying them. Some would argue, correctly I think, that we derive more joy from the anticipation than from the experience itself.
People are more likely to explore the truthfulness of Christianity once they see that it is beautiful. I heard a Christian leader make the previous statement not long ago at an evangelism conference. I completely agree. A recent study of youth religious involvement in England seems to affirm this point.