Proverbs 27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
When going through a trial, we know that God is perfecting us according to Romans 5. God is at work in our lives and when things are not the best or we are in trial, we know that God is teaching us and growing us. We are learning more about patience and the love of God.
When I read this verse, I stopped for a minute and it has been on my mind since. I have always heard that trouble shows who we really are, but the same is true when we are receiving praise. Praise shows us who we really are and who we are doing things for. We should be careful to not allow praise to cause us to think more highly of ourselves then we ought to think.