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.

Sponges

There’s a certain momentum that occurs with creativity. People don’t learn until they start learning. People aren’t creative until they start creating. Follow me, here. Have you ever worked with an old, dry sponge? Though the sole purpose for a sponge is absorption…they don’t absorb anything until you get them going. The first few drops…

Be Obnoxious

Running low on creativity? Not feeling any good ideas? Try picking someone you don’t like, and be obnoxious to them. I’ve found when someone gets on my nerves, I have to keep my brain from thinking of creative (and evil) things I could do to them. Do you experience this?

Chopped

I love TV shows. Everything from The Office to more nerdy shows like Fringe and Stargate Universe (RIP). But I absolutely hate reality/competition shows. Except for one: Chopped. Never heard of it? It’s absolute brilliance. Four chefs compete each week to impress the judges with their creativity. For each course, they are given four different…

The Power of Play

You can’t underestimate the power of play when it comes to creativity. Playing opens up the gateways to our childhood where our imaginations were extremely active. That’s why I take every chance I get to be childish. Get me in a room with a couple kids and you know a couch cushion fort is soon…

I Love Money

I love money. I don’t necessarily love it for the things it can buy. I certainly don’t like it for the cool designs on the bills. I actually love playing with money. Money is fun! Something about transferring between accounts, investing, using credit well…it’s a blast.