It's clear that the Christian will encounter difficult times in his or her life. How we face these times, our attitude, is vital.
One person will shrink back, reluctant to feel the pain, or reluctant to be challenged in an uncomfortable manner. Some trials involve the revealing of personal sin or character defects. Nobody wants to face these really. This sort of pain is far worse than physical suffering, which is why it is harder to submit to.
Another person will realise that such exposure is unavoidable - God sees all of your defects anyway. This person will not only realise this obvious truth, but they will also embrace it, and the pain in confronting them self, so that they might overcome their flaws and grow to be a better person in Christ. They will also approach trials and suffering as a chance to learn more about them self, again opening to see the reality about them self.
The Christian's path is always upward. They don't seek pain and suffering for fun, but they do hope to change for the better every day, bringing glory to their Saviour.