Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

Limit Yourself

There’s a popular philosophy that says creativity needs to be unrestrained. But you need limitations to create your best work. Limitations keep your work grounded and accessible. Limitations force you to think more creatively. Take Dr. Seuss’ beloved book, Green Eggs and Ham. This book is the fourth bestselling children’s hardcover book of all time. But it only has 50 words in…

Silence

The world is a loud place. The noise can get numbing. Zombies are numb. And zombies aren’t creative. When you find yourself numb—or experiencing creative block—it’s important to change things up. So why don’t you try shutting down the noise for a little bit to allow your brain to think?

Purpose

Brilliant artists ask questions. More importantly, they ask, “why?” Why am I writing this song? Why am I designing this graphic? Why am I dancing? Art without purpose may be fun to look at it. But it doesn’t make a lasting impact. Purpose is the fuel that transports creativity from “pretty” to “life changing”.

The Daily Block

A bit of encouragement today. Did you know I get creativity blocks almost daily? Believe it or not, this blog was created more for me than for you. No offense, but when I write, I write things that I need to hear. I don’t write things I necessarily hope you hear.