Every three years she is required to actually go to the Motor Vehicle Commission and provide a doctor's note which "proves" that she is permanently handicapped in order to keep her permanent handicap vehicle tag. It cannot be done through the mail. I suppose they want to actually see her wheel herself in as further proof?
Okay, I won't talk about the Motor Vehicle Commission and how stupid this seems. I mean, they don't even accept their own driver's license as enough proof for a renewal. You still have to provide a passport, birth certificate or other means of proof. So why should they believe that a permanently disabled (and by the way, I don't really like that term either...someone in a wheelchair is perfectly able...just not physically, but again I digress) person might be telling the truth?
Okay, I'm sure there's a good reason for this, like people taking advantage of something like the privilege of good parking by forging a doctor's note to pretend that they are really handicapped when they're not. Right. Just like I guess you could get a fake NJ driver's license and try to pass it off as real at the Motor Vehicle agency in order to continue to drive with a real license instead of a fake one. Seems like a lot of trouble to go through. And you have to have a lot of nerve. And you have to be a good liar.
I'm glad that when I get to heaven, I won't have to prove my permanence. I won't have to bring
my license, or a valid passport or a doctor's note. When I'm asked, "Why should we let you in?" I will say, "Well, you probably shouldn't. I'm a sinner who has never done quite enough to earn my way in here. All of my good works cannot add up to enough. The good person that I thought I was on earth is really not good enough to warrant entry." Then, peering through the pearly gates, I might say, "But I see other sinners and good people floating around in there who don't necessarily belong here either."
When that doesn't get a laugh, I'll realize that this is a very serious issue and I probably should not be making jokes right now. So I will simply say, "It is only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that I can consider myself worthy of being in the presence of a Holy God. Jesus Christ paid the debt of my sin when He gave Himself as a blood sacrifice on the cross. It is only through His righteousness that I am made righteous."
And guess what else? There won't be any handicapped tags in heaven!
Blessings Along the Path,
*If you're not sure of your salvation, ask yourself these questions:
- How good of a person is "good"? What determines "good" and at what point are you good enough to get into heaven?
- How many "good deeds" do you have to do until it's enough? Who sets the standard?
- By whose moral code are you living? Again, what's the standard?
- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)
- How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Is 64:5-6)
- For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works so no one can boast (Eph 2:8-9)
- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Rom 6:23)
- Jesus said to Him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
- "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven (Mat 7:21)