Fast or Steadfast
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.—James 1:12
Sometimes endurance is not only developed by being active in suffering but also my only remaining steadfast in character and faith under trial. For example, when a marathon runner hits mile 20 and must push through the pain, at this point, his muscles might be fit for the task, but his mind needs to tell his body to keep moving forward. More often than not, this is what endurance looks like for a Christian man in a lengthy trial. Either way, the promise is the crown of life, and James draws our attention to the prize received at the end. So fellow runner, if you are in the trial, be steadfast and keep your eyes fixed on the crown at the end and focus a little less on the present trial.
DO THIS: Be fixed and steadfast and not on the trial but on the prize at the end.
PRAY THIS: God, help me to focus on the right thing and for the right reasons.