You know your own struggles. Others, too, are engaged in inner conflicts. Do not add to their anguish. You do not know what battles others are facing. O Soul, speak with kindness and humility. Treat each person with due consideration. Seek to encourage. Point everyone to the grace and love of God. Be the example of these before others. Live the faith you profess. Let your own struggles be seen as you move forward with hope. This may be to others the greatest encouragement of all.
The aside spoken twixt thee and me in whispers,
Or else is muttered only to my whiskers —
The worldly need not hear at first our struggles,
But see the Spirit of God in human troubles.
“Have you ever felt that your personal struggle, temptation, or challenge is especially burdensome? Perhaps you feel your thorn in the flesh is unmentionable. You might consider it more shameful, embarrassing, or onerous than the burdens that others bear. You keep it to yourself, instead of letting other saints help you with it.”