We are faced with choices every day. The daily choices that we make are going to determine the path that we take. What happens when we make a bad choice? Does that define us forever?

I know David Mike because when I was a little kid our families went to church together. He was your typical kid. He had a great family. His dad was career Air Force. They were actively involved in our church. Both of our dads were in the military so when I was in first grade we moved to Omaha, and they also moved to another duty station. This was before the days of the internet when it was a lot harder for people to keep in touch.  We didn’t hear from their family for decades. When we reconnected, I heard about his story where a series of bad decisions took him down a road far different from how he’d been raised.

David in his club days

After high school David joined the military himself, and went through a difficult breakup with his girlfriend. In an attempt to get over his emotional pain, he started hanging out at the clubs and became involved in the party scene. Before he knew it he was on the run from the authorities because he had become, not only a drug dealer, but also a deserter.


He was finally caught and was facing a maximum sentence of thirty-eight years. At the age when most people’s lives are just beginning, he found himself an inmate at Leavenworth Prison. Listen to his story of how his life was spared over and over, and how God and the love of his family brought him back from a very dark place.

We obviously couldn’t go into great detail on the podcast, so if you want to read the whole story or have someone in your life that needs to hear his story, you can buy his book Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption on Amazon.

To contact David, you can find him at dilemmamike.

Don’t be afraid to share your story.  It could be the key to unlock someone else’s prison.”

– Toby Mac