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The amount of work performed must be increased as much as possible. By that I do not mean that we should strain more or that we need to improve organization. If we remove the obstacles and frictions which arise from ourselves, more simply will be done. If we have to struggle with selfish motives, however, the strain of our work will increase. Fruitful work can follow only where peace, joy, patience, kindness, and humility have gone before. Our mission is tremendous, but it can be carried out only when each of us is eager to bear his or her responsibility for the work at hand, also by helping to avoid the frictions and differences that are bound to arise wherever there is shared work to be done.
This requires a lively inner life. To straggle along with empty hearts is just as disastrous as to carry on with empty stomachs. We will be most productive in work if we are mentally and spiritually active; searching and struggling for clarity in all questions, and always seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.