It is possible to choose to be joyful in trial and tribulation.
The usual response to trial is disappointment and/or worry. Our response to the bad things life can dish out doesn’t have to be like that. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” (James 1:2 ESV).
We can allow trials and tribulation to defeat us, or we can recognize them as opportunities to grow spiritually. Our response to difficult times is entirely our own choice.
In addition, trials can have an unintended effect in those who choose joy and allow the trial to help them grow spiritually. James tells us trials build endurance. Like a cross-country runner training for a contest builds an ability to run faster and farther, we can learn to use trials to make us stronger so that we may win the crown — eternal life!