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.

Killing that Voice

There’s one thing I’d like to see happen to my creative friends. I’d love to help them get those voices out of their heads. I’m talking about that voice that says: You aren’t good enough. And your identity rests on whether or not you can become good enough. That’s a lie. And it’s that same…

You Will Die

Yes, you will. You will die. Probably not at my hands. But some day your ticker will stop ticking and the lights will go out. Then what’s left? A lifeless sack of meat and bone – then your spirit departs. Everything that represents you is either given away or shoved into a box and sunk…

I Don’t Need Inspiration

“I don’t need inspiration…I make it.” That’s what my buddy Joe Cavazos said. I love it! He may have said it jokingly but I think there is such truth in that statement. Too many artists sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. They wander through Pinterest or Dribbble, looking for something to get the creative juices…

Take God Seriously

“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: (1) Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, (2) be compassionate and loyal in your love, (3) And don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.” I love…

Not Everything Can Be Fixed

I’m a people pleaser. *gasp* I can’t stand it when people dislike me or are mad at me. Last week I royally ticked someone off. They were throwing some strong words my general direction. It hurt. So for the next few hours I obsessed over it. “How will I make this right? How will I…

Forget the World

“Forget the world. Let’s make the world a better place.” I’m convinced this should be the approach of an artist. Here’s the deal: A great artist wants to make the world a better place. Our love for beauty and truth make us want to make a lasting impact. And a lasting impact requires breaking the status…

How Should I Take This?

So, lately, folks have been hating on my blog. It’s not like they leave a trollish comment or anything like that. They just criticized me by posting something on their timelines. Mind you, they’re my “friends”. So I see them hating on my blog posts. But they don’t have the decency to tag me in…

The Power of Community

This isn’t exactly a “creative” post. But I guarantee this concept will change your life…in almost every positive way. My wife and I have been discovering the power of community. We moved to a new city…always a lonely experience. The first thing we realized is that we need a community around us. We need folks…

Establish Boundaries

Take a second to identify the things that distract you and keep you from reaching your creative potential. Is it television? Youtube? Facebook? Video games? We’ve talked about hiding your TV or putting filters on your computer to keep you from getting distracted. But what about people that keep you from reaching your creative potential?…