The choice between working for external goals and internal ones is false. The internal goals are met through the external ones. Again, Chesterton: “Vigorous organisms think not about their processes but about their aims.”
Focusing on the quality of our own life, for its own sake, is a pathway to misery. This is true for us as individuals, as churches, and even as countries. We find our life by giving it away to the grand purposes of compassion and service and to celestial visions of justice and equity. The healthiest thing we can do for ourselves is to strain after something that is bigger than us.