In the news lately we hear of ways that people are dealing with the economic crisis.

People are downsizing their cars and homes. People are going room by room and getting rid of clutter, even their clothes closets have been put on a diet. We are told how people are helping each other not to gather clutter as they shop (in other words being accountable to each other). Many express the freedom they have with less or living minimalistic. What does the Bible say about compulsivity and then de-cluttering of our lives?

In Galatians 5 Message
“My counsel is this: Live freely, animated, and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.” Compulsion really hit me. Oh my, I thought, I have bought things due to compulsivity just because they were pretty. A good friend of mine stopped me just the other day from buying wooden-soled shoes, which had beautiful flowers on top. I almost bought them, but she rescued me with reminding me wood soles are not good for me personally. They would have been clutter in a day or two with the fascination having worn off. A real friend indeed.

Galatians 5 goes on to say about the life of compulsions of selfishness: “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex, a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness, trinket gods; magic-show religion, paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition, all consuming yet never satisfied wants, brutal temper, an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives, small minded and lopsided pursuits, the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone as a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions, ugly parodies of community.”

If we live freely Galatians says , “He (God) brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about live, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshall and direct our energies wisely.”