James was the half-brother of Jesus and bishop of the church in Jerusalem, but in the introduction to the Book of James, he chose to call himself “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” This humble servant begins the letter with a surprising and counterintuitive statement about finding joy in trials. How can we rise above the trials, difficulties and pain that are part of the Christian life? By finding joy in how God is molding us and shaping us into the image of His Son. Trials humble us and reveal our spiritual maturity. Trials wean us from our dependence on worldly things and people. Trials give us an amazing opportunity to relate, share with and counsel others. Trials point us toward heaven.