“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
You will face trials; it's imminent. And often when you are in the middle of them you'll fail to see the advantages, however, you will certainly see the disadvantages. But here James tells you that there is "blessing" that comes from "remaining steadfast" in these trials. Now, this "blessing" could be learning a character quality (increased endurance), learning to trust God's sovereignty (increased faith), or even learning about yourself (increased awareness of the Spirit and sin). Regardless, each learning is a "blessing to us as men."
But add to this blessing a reward - "the crown of life." James suggests a promised reward for those who "stand the test" of the trial. He references the laurel crown worn by a first place competitor in athletic games. But this competition in trials is not a competition against others for our glory. It's a constant effort given during the trials out of pure motivation for the "love of him."
DO THIS: Be steadfast for the right reason (love) and receive your blessing and crown.
PRAYER: God, I am not looking forward to my trial again today. But give me the strength to remain steadfast.