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.

There’s Always a Better Idea

Sunday| Mag is probably one of my best ideas. It’s not necessarily the content of the site or the design. But the way it functions makes it much more successful than it might be otherwise. You see, it works great for advertisers. It allows them to make a small investment and get a huge return—longterm—on…

What Was Your Biggest Failure?

In the Bible, you can find a couple of letters from a guy named Peter. He was writing to Christians during His time—helping them figure things out and encouraging them. He was writing as an authority on the Christian faith because he was one of the founders of the whole gig. He walked with Jesus.…

Gratitude

Four years ago I dreamt about getting to speak at conferences. I didn’t know if it would ever happen, but I knew that would be the ultimate excitement for me. This year I spoke at two conferences already. I’ll speak at another couple by the end of the year. I’ve already been a part of…

You Don’t Need Permission

Pick one. You can either (1) defend your idea to everyone you encounter, or you can (2) act on your idea. Unless you’re made of minutes, you probably won’t have enough time or energy to do both. We all have jobs, families, and responsibilities. And chances are your dream has to come in between all…

Picking Out Errors

I’ve been reading Ender’s Shadow (a companion book to Ender’s Game) for my own enjoyment. The book’s brilliant. But I’ve discovered wisdom that applies to almost everything I do in these books too. One paragraph from the book stood out in a major way to me. And I thought I’d share the wisdom with you.…

Are You a People Pleaser?

I’m a people-pleaser. I always have been. I always found myself well liked. I always wanted to keep the peace. The few times in high school where people genuinely didn’t like me were some of the hardest times in my life. I was convinced I could make anyone like me, and when they didn’t I…

Don’t Be Afraid to Embarrass Yourself

In February 2010 I wrote my first email to Scott McClellan. He was the editor of a magazine called Collide Magazine. I had an article I’d written that I wanted published in the magazine. My email was polite. But the content in this article was absolutely atrocious. It was seriously embarrassing. The premise of the…

Life is Found in Delays

I didn’t make my flights on Monday. Weather kept all my potential flights from landing in Dallas so I was stuck in San Antonio. So they rescheduled me for Tuesday. Then, a fire in Chicago kept me from making my flight by about 30 minutes. Stuck in Chicago one night. I will make it to…