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"But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." -Matthew 5:37

In the culture of today, accomplishment is measured by the number of things we can do in the space of a day. The quality rarely matters, as long as the task reaches completion. And because of the need to get things done we take little care to ourselves, sacrificing sleep, time with family and friends, and other "non-essentials." 
In order to take part in these things, we schedule every hour of our days. Then, when we get off by a minute we immediately fall off the rails and start a cycle of procrastination. We know what we have to get done, and if we honestly ask ourselves if we have any additional time we would know that the answer is no, but because we want to have as many "accomplishment credits" as possible, we say yes anyway. 
Once we have said yes, we face a dilemma. It's like those Venn diagrams where you can choose only two of three options, for example: dance, sleep, and good grades. In this scenario it's much more complicated than that with many more variables. We shuffle, push, and yank our planners so that we can stuff in all that we've tasked ourselves with doing, but this cannot continue for long. 
Soon, this cycle will come crashing down. We may strive to support it with excuses and extensions, but this is an even harder cycle to maintain. And then we must give something up. If you're fortunate, it will only be one thing, but more often than not, half of your to-do list will be forcibly cleared at once. And now you will face disappointment, not just because you let people down, but because you didn't finish all of your tasks to completion.
Jesus had it right when He said, "Let your 'yes' be 'yes'." Fully commit to those things you can do, be willing to say no to those you know you cannot do, and give the rest of your time over to the Lord. The feeling of accomplishment can be a good one, but if you're bound to feeling satisfied only because of tangible accomplishments, you're missing life's more profound joys. While we may be able to enjoy and accomplish many things on this earth they will not last. And this is why I finish with a quote from William Blake - do not bind yourself to temporary joys, but rather enjoy the path you take to eternal joy.

"He who binds himself to a joy, does the winged life destroy; but he who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise." - William Blake
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