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There's no doubt that what we do makes an impression on our young people and those who look up to us. Just as I remember buying my first new gun, I also remember my first new knife. Not only was I enamored by the knife itself but I was also very interested in the paperwork that came with it. While most would only throw away the unnecessary stuff, I made it a point to find out about my new Buck knife. It talked about how to take care of it and how to sharpen it. But what caught my attention was the message from Al Buck. It read like this.

Now that you are family, you might like to know a little more about our organization. The fantastic growth of Buck Knives was no accident. From the beginning, management determined to make God the Senior Partner. In a crisis, the problem was turned over to Him, and He hasn't failed to help us with the answer. Each product must reflect the integrity of management, including our Senior Partner. If sometimes we fail on our end, because we are human, we find it imperative to do our utmost to make it right. Of course, to us, besides being Senior Partner, He is our Heavenly Father also; and it's a great blessing to us to have this security in these troubled times. If any of you are troubled or perplexed and looking for answers, may we invite you to look to Him, for God loves you.

"For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son; that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John: 3:16

Wow! What an impression that made on a teenager. I thought big companies and successful people surely had no need for God. I was wrong and I never forgot that simple message purposefully placed in that little box. Twenty five years later, every time I go to buy a knife, I'm reminded of that day that someone cared enough to be unashamed of their faith and who also understood that all that we have and all that we do is to be used to reflect the goodness and the grace of a Heavenly Father.

Be watching for my third book in the series; Outdoor Truths, Hunting and Fishing for Answers, Volume III. It will be available in February and will contain many of the articles that you have enjoyed reading in the past.

Gary Miller

gary@outdoortruths.org

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