The principle of “endure it” is a powerful principle that must be learned, but there is a higher law and more powerful force in our lives, “master it.” In the context of the inexhaustible gospel and masterful plan the Great Creator has, Neal A. Maxwell explained it so plain and simple:
“Rather than simply passing through trials, we must allow trials to pass through us in ways that sanctify us.”
Enduring it can make the challenges of life seem seriously grim, but the higher, more spiritually-minded attitude of mastering it gives meaning to the pain and problems, the change and challenges, the sin or sorrows in life. It causes us to look vertical, rather than horizontal. “Nothing can get you down if you use that quality deep within your human nature that resists defeat, the upthrusting force designed to meet and overcome any crushing element in your life.”
“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
Faith is the first principle, most powerful of all forces operating in humanity, the “moving cause of all action,” but also the most important spiritual thought we need to have. Faith in the Master helps us develop the master it principle. Simply Enduring it seems to build a case against ourselves (usually weak and inadequate and alone), while Mastering it emphasizes the purpose of the process and partnership with God.
It is true life is meant to be tough, “and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.” Abraham 3:25 Freud’s uninspired line, “the chief duty of a human being is to endure life,” causes us to look for facts instead of developing faith. It’s liberating to know we can have understanding of our challenges, use them as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks to become, not just endure or do.
“He who has a why to live for can bare with any how” Friedrich Nietzsche