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.

Who Gets to Tell You?

If I were to ask the question, “who here is creative,” to a group of kids, I guarantee nearly all of them would raise their hands. But if I were to ask that same question to a group of adults, most would leave their hands down. What happened between childhood and adulthood? What changed? I don’t…

Innovation is 3-Dimensional Thinking

I remember reading an amazing book a few years back called Flatland. In the book, the author imagines a 2-dimensional world where everything is like simple shapes on a piece of paper. There’s no depth, just lines. And in order to introduce the idea of multiple dimensions, the 2-dimensional being meets a 3-dimensional person. The…

God’s Limitations are Directions

One of my favorite parts of the creative process is out-of-the-box thinking. I love looking at limitations and figuring out ways to blow past them. Not enough money? What if we get corporate sponsors. Not enough time? What if we crowdsource this idea to the people we’re trying to reach and let them help us.…

Why It’s Possible to Work the System

Whenever I hang out with new people, it’s not long before I start explaining ways that I work the system. To be honest, I’ve done it all my life. But one of my favorite ways to do it is with credit cards. I’ve booked a whole lot of free travel lately…all because of working the system…

I Need Help, But I’m Embarrassed

Complete honesty, folks. I’ve been struggling with my latest book. I’ve written it once, done a pass of edits, and even re-written most of it. But now I’m thinking of scrapping all 32,000 words and changing the whole focus of the book. I haven’t shown any of it to my agent yet. Frankly, I’m still…

Nothing Needs to be Wasted

I got my first book published in September last year. I did it without an agent…and in a bit of an atypical way. It was an exciting experience, even though it took over a year to happen. In the mean time, I started working on my next book. I actually finished the first draft around the…

If You’re Competing, You’re Missing Out

Competition is a brutal thing. It’s likened to a pie, with everyone trying to get a piece—and a piece that’s larger than anyone else’s. If you grew up in a large family where pie was scarce, you can relate all-too-well to this analogy. You grew up understanding competition. But if competition is everyone trying to…