Thinking outside the box is overrated. Sometimes I grow tired of the "throw off the restraints" / "no limits" / "boundless freedom" / "unlimited growth" message. I know that sometimes a good kick in the pants is good for kick-starting creativity, but creativity actually doesn’t thrive in a truly "no limits" atmosphere. Creativity needs structure to grow up and become a blessing. And sometimes in our desperation to "Think Outside the Box™" we just end up creating something flaky and flimsy that is discarded after a few months in order to chase after the shiny new "Next Big Thing.™"
So lately I’ve found myself seeking appropriate boundaries, helpful limits, quiet consistency, and simple, sustainable structures. But it’s hard to find books on those subjects at the Christian bookstores. But I suppose a publisher would have a hard time selling a book titled Life Actually Does Have Limits, And The Reason You Have A Bloody Nose Is That You Keep Ignoring Them.