There are many ways to have a fruitful life – relationships with God and family, discipline and conviction, accomplishing goals, friends, etc. My friends are a highly rewarding part of my life. Good friends understand the mutual nature of friendship. God created humans with a need for others as well as the need to be “needed.” God gave us friendships to meet our relational needs. I’ve been blessed with great friends. Sometimes, I have the privilege of encouraging, answering, or counseling one of my friends. Other times, my friends offer me counsel, answer, or encouragement. My word of advice – seek out someone to “befriend.” The old proverb proves itself true – “To find a friend one must show himself friendly.” I was reminded today in a powerful sermon by one of my mentors, Dr. Thad Dowdle, that we are not to isolate ourselves. I thank God for the friends in my life. So be a friend to someone today. Alleviate isolation. Listen to a burden. Pray for a need. Enjoy the rewards of fruitful friendships.