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.

Are You Developing or Maintaining

In ninth grade, I attended a great private school. It was one of those smaller, Christian schools that taught Latin. And it was the type where a teacher could smack you on the back of the head with a ruler if you weren’t doing your schoolwork during the assigned time. All of the faculty and…

You Are More Than One…

I wouldn’t call myself a paranoid person. But there are times I find myself dwelling on irrational fears. For instance, sometimes when I’m driving my car on a nice day, I put my arm out the window to feel the cool air between my fingers. In that instance, a small fear creeps into my mind.…

What I Wish I Learned in College

During orientation at college, I learned that knowledge made you a better person. The key to every problem in the world—war, poverty, hate—was a more intellectual population. Unfortunately, after my first set of classes, I learned that education didn’t make you a better person. In fact, most of my professors were horrible people. Under the…

Do You Attract Losers?

What do you do if you find that all your friends are losers and life-suckers…if you find your friends are taking you places you don’t want to go and draining all of your life energy so you just want to give up on life. Okay, so maybe all your friends aren’t that bad. But maybe…

Wicked Friends Lead to Evil Ends

I talked last week quite a bit about the people you naturally attract. It’s a chance for you to influence others for the positive—for individuality, risk, passion for God, etc. But what if you attract the wrong kind of people? The truth is, some of the people I’ve attracted in my life are not necessarily…

Your Responsibility to the People You Reach

We talked Wednesday about the people you will naturally reach. These are the folks who are naturally attracted to you. And this is also the opportunity you have for influence. Be sure, you have the chance to influence other people. Those people you naturally attract, you have just as much chance to influence them as…

Everyone Is Someone’s Best Friend

I’m the type of person who wants everyone to like me. I personally believe for me it’s a bit of a competition. Subconsciously, I want to be everybody’s best friend. God forbid someone doesn’t like me. And God forbid someone likes someone else more than me. I’ve been working to overcome this major flaw in…

Why I Write Two Books at Once

I’m currently writing two books at once. One’s a church leadership-type book, the other is a “discover yourself” type book. They’re different. And I’m so glad I’m writing them at the same time. I did this with Created for More and Unwelcome. I didn’t intend for them to release within a month of each other;…

Why Church Leadership is Wrong

There’s a popular concept going around the church and it’s this: Everyone is a leader. Along with that, everyone is their own replicator. If everyone’s a leader, everyone is supposed to spend much of their time replicating themselves. Essentially, we should keep promoting ourselves in higher and higher leadership roles as other people take over…