In our First Reading the Apostle James urges us to persevere through the many trials that come our way.
This reminds me of a similar passage in the "Letter to the Hebrews." There, the Bible refers to the many trials we undergo as "discipllne" coming from God. It says, "We have earthly fathers to disciple us. .. . At the time all disciple seems a cause not for Joy, but for pain; but afterwards it brings forth the peaceful fruit of self control."