Hiking the trail to Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park is a long and arduous endeavor, but the rewards become evident as the climb continues.  Many of the views along the trail are great, but the view at the top, after completing the task, is incredible.  God promises us the same when we persevere along the trail of life that He sets out for us.  There are difficulties to overcome along the way, and some may be substantial.  We may well encounter discouragement along the way, caused by comments of those who tell us that the way is too hard, that we are trying to do too much, that we will never succeed.  But God tells us that we will be blessed when we persevere, that we will receive a crown promised to us by the God of the universe.  He wouldn't promise the reward if He didn't think we could do what He asked.  Salvation is a gift He gives us, but we can earn rewards by working to complete the tasks set before us.  I'm looking forward to those rewards.  God, strengthen me, encourage me,  and empower me to do what you ask.

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under the trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him" (NIV).

Rewards of Perseverance

James 1:12