Who is my Neighbor?
I was recently touched by a story that was shared on my local news station in Utah. To make a long story short, the story is about Derlin Newey, an 89 year old pizza delivery driver, who is struggling to make ends meet. Some of his most loyal customers decided that it is not right that someone of that age should be delivering pizza just to pay his bills. So with the help of their TikTok followers, they raised over $12k to give to Derlin. To see his reaction in the video is most certainly worth a few minutes of your time.
This story certainly got me thinking about my priorities and where I can improve with helping others. It reminded me of a quote by the LDS church leader Spencer W. Kimball. He said, “We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve. It will do us little good to speak of the general brotherhood of mankind if we cannot regard those who are all around us as our brothers and sisters.”
As someone who is addicted to politics, I often hear the phrase that “all politics is local.” It might be wise if we all heeded this advise, but in the spirit of serving our fellow man. “All service is local” has a nice ring to it. Instead of hurling another insulting tweet at some politician we don’t like, maybe our time would be better spent hurling cans at the local food bank.