I had a good friend I served with on praise team who was a very accomplished guitarist. I asked him about how he had evolved as a musician. He said he had many opportunities to do other volunteer activities and was asked often, but he had learned to say no and invested his time in the areas God had gifted him. His healthy practice of having balance in his life was a huge blessing to the rest us.
These words of wisdom came back to haunt me as I experienced burn out over a decade ago from volunteering. These activities were good things but there was a deeper hunger within. I learned in that season that God wants our hearts, and our time in relationship with him more than our sacrifices. He wants us to thrive in our own skin rather than appeasing worldly expectations. God is all encompassing.
The choices we make every day have a profound impact on our lives and on the world around us. Our ability to say no allows us to say yes in other areas of our lives. Spending time with God is our ultimate joy and is our destiny for eternity. Practicing balance in mind, body and spirit is a form of worship to our creator.
6 For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice;
and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6