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!

photo by Richard Thompson

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  • Elaine says:

    There are times, well, probably more than I would like to admit, that my perfectionistic tendancies provoke me to look at just the results. The Lord has and continues to remind me that I am being "oh so" short sighted and prideful. He calls me to be faithful in all that I do whether it's teaching in Children's Ministry, making supper for my family, or praying for what seems like the millionth time for a lost family member who shows absolutely no interest in the Gospel.

    Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement to be faithful; it's appreciated.

  • Doug Plank says:

    word up, Steve-o. Good word. I guess I'll go write a song, then.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Thanks Elaine – very common temptation to all of us – to look at just the results. I battle it too. I take encouragement thinking that Jesus won't say, "Well done, good and successful servant," but "Well done good and faithful servant." If success were the measure, most of us would fall woefully short.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Go Doug, go! Write 10 songs.

  • @pmckinney04 says:

    That is a great verse. It definitely helps me to consider having another year of grad school left and not knowing what comes after that, from a different perspective.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Hey Patrick – I know God will show you what to do after that….he's faithful!

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