Ecclesiastes On Songwriting, Church Invites, and Prayer


In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. ?(Ecclesiastes 11:6)

I heard that Coldplay wrote 71 songs to choose from for their X & Y album.? As a songwriter this provoked me.? Whenever Sovereign Grace Music solicits songs for albums, I write as many as I can.? I have an Ecclesiastes philosophy: “You do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”

Ecclesiastes encourages us to be diligent and leave the results to God.? We should sow morning and evening? because we don’t know which seeds will grow – maybe the first, maybe the last, maybe all of them. If I invite 10 people to church, I don’t know whether one will come, or maybe all ten.

So keep sowing.? Keep praying for your loved ones. ?Keep asking the Lord to provide. Keep giving to the kingdom, leaving tracts, witnessing, serving, encouraging.? Keep telling your children about Jesus.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. ?(1 Corinthians 15:58)

Keep sowing!

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.