A blessing that proved true

In April 2006, a friend, Dave Peterson, gave me this blessing. Today, ten years later, I have the privilege to share the fruit of this blessing at Crossroads in Cincinnati. It holds true for all of us.


OCEAN’s 2016 Demo Day:

Listen with your spirit to God’s promise in His Word. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

I bless you with knowing your purpose as God has seen it in His heart. I bless you with being everything that God has designed you to be, because as you experience the joy of fulfilling your purpose, you will benefit, others will benefit, and the world will be blessed.

I bless you with living out the fullness of God’s call on your life. I bless you with being in your Father’s time, not running ahead, not lagging behind, but doing His will in the right time, the right place, the right way, and with the right people alongside you. I bless you with being able to carry out God’s work with honor, with peace, ease of effort, with joy, doing God’s work God’s way. He has uniquely designed you as an instrument of a particular set of good deeds that you can do better than anyone else.

I bless you with a life giving community to fit into. You have a piece to put into a mosaic because you can’t do what God called you to do alone. I bless you with finding like-hearted, like-visioned, like-spirited partners. I bless you with being part of a family where you enjoy your greatest fulfillment as you fit together with other people who are finding their fulfillment in God’s purposes, each of you doing what God has designed you to do.

You Father will bless you with the right closed doors. The enemy will try to get you to do things that God has not designed you to do – good things, legitimate things, profitable things, honorable things, but your Father has not designed them for you.

I bless you with being fully present in today’s grace and today’s assignment. Your Father will bless you with open doors to walk through so you experience the joy of being everything he has called you to be at the right time and in the right place.

Your Father intends for you to carry the fragrance of heaven, for people to be attracted to you. It will not be because you are effective, or competent, or secure or have a holy boldness about you, but because you have the perfume of Christ.

3 Comments, RSS

  1. Andrew April 28, 2016 @ 12:55 pm

    I am an American expat that has been working/living in Cluj for just over a month now. You have a very interesting perspective, one that is far more mature than mine, likely due to your 10+ more years of experience in Romania (and 30+ more years of living) than I. It would be a pleasure to chat sometime. You have my email.


  2. Gabriel May 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

    The sermon and your life testimony are incredibly inspiring. God planted seeds in our (Romanian) hearts (abroad or from home) through the way He leads you.

  3. Ovidiu May 11, 2016 @ 7:10 pm

    This was inspiring Don. I am especially impressed by the way you are able to “connect the dots” seing God’s design take place over the many years. May your love for our country and it’s people only go up!:).

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