II Cor. 11:23-33 for an enumeration of Paul's afflictions for the sake of the Gospel.
II Cor. 12:10 "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Cor. 4:7-18 for a description of victorious living.
Bo, your mention of Paul and his thorn reminded me of some of my favorite sections of Scripture. These verses never fail to bless and inspire me.