The Red Letter Disciple Episode 21

021: David Douglas on How He Went From Mailman to Addiction Recovery Director

David Douglas has had more than one radical 180 degree change in his life. From living as a mailman and choosing to be an addiction recovery director to DNA testing revealing an entire family and seven siblings to this adopted child. Through all of the changes, Jesus has been faithful.

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Resources mentioned in the episode:

Hand in Hand, Lake Country, FL

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steven Corbett and Brian Fikkert


GRIT 4 LIFE: God, Relationships, Integrity, and Truth by David Douglas

Key insights from the episode:

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Most people look at the symptoms, but they are just symptoms of an underlying problem. – David Douglas

What the devil meant to destroy, God is using for good in your life. – Zach Zehnder

Each addiction has an underlying problem. – David Douglas

There is a high amount of addition is found in postal workers, firefighters, policemen, and EMTs. – Dave Douglas

Let’s not be so worried about all the things an addict did. Let’s talk about what they are going to do. –David Douglas

When you start your search into your past [as an adopted child], make sure you know who you are. – David Douglas

David Douglas’s Challenge: Tackle an issue you don’t like in your life by self-reflecting instead of self-condemnation. (Bonus challenge: treat your postal worker!)

Lead yourself (and your church) to find freedom in forgiveness. 

As David was talking in this interview, it showed me the power of God’s freedom that comes through forgiveness.

We’d love to help you and your church discover what freedom in forgiveness feels like by exploring the powerful forgiveness that Jesus offers to each and every one of us.

We’d love to introduce you to the 40-Day Forgiving Challenge.

The Forgiving Challenge takes you on a life-changing journey to experience the gift of God’s grace so that you can share it with others. It also helps you identify and walk through the five phases leading to freedom. 

You can learn more about the challenge here!

Not-so-key insights:

Dave absolutely did not deliver someone’s mail because of a dog. 

The greatest gift David ever received as a mailman was chocolate chip cookies. 

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