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Bob Dixon

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Middlesboro, KY 40965


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OUTDOOR TRUTHS: Not Used, but New

By Gary Miller

As you get older you begin to see who you really are. You notice those things you are good at and those things that are difficult. You also notice trends in your life that you can either deny and ignore or admit and use to become the person you are meant to be. Some of these trends need to be changed while others simply give a more accurate picture of one’s strengths and weaknesses.

For instance, I have learned from years of experience that I'm good at beginnings and not too good at endings. I'm good at starting and not good at finishing. Now that doesn’t mean every part of my life is that way, because it’s not. I have been married for over 35 years. I was employed in one position for over 18 years and I’ve been writing this weekly column for almost 15. So I would think these would count for me when it comes to staying power. But overall, I'm the idea guy – the dreamer and starter, but also the one who gets bored really quick after the newness wears off.

Because of all of this, I have always looked forward to new beginnings. I love the start of anything whether it is a new hunting season, a new week, or a new year. New means not used. It means never before. It means, well it means, new! And even though I’m not too good for used things and even though sometimes used is better than new; I still like new because new means the beginning and I’m all about beginnings.

Have you ever thought about the fact that God wants to give each of us a new life? Not a used one, or one that has been repaired or repossessed, but a new one. He is not interested in simply chipping off the bad parts and adding a few good qualities, instead He wants to make us into something that’s new. That is so neat to me. The Bible puts it this way. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” You see, herein lies the difference between man and God. Man can make himself better. Only God can make him new.

Gary Miller can be reached via e-mail at

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