Expired Registration: A YL Talk Illustration

December 20, 2012

As you’re preparing talks for next semester, here’s a true story that happened this week in Texas. It’s a powerful illustration of grace.  

Grace isn’t God saying, “It’s okay that you sin, don’t worry about it.” Grace is God saying “Sin is not okay and you are guilty, but I’m going to pay your fine.”


Hayden Carlo, 25, was pulled over by Plano police because he had an expired registration, Fox2Rio.com reported . He said he told the police officer that he was struggling financially. He said he had to choose between updating his registration and feeding his kids.

Carlo recalled their conversation. He flatly said he doesn’t have an excuse for the expired registration except he can’t afford a new one.

“I don’t have the money,” he told the officer. “It was either feed my kids or get this registration done.”

The police officer then handed the driver a citation, but when Carlo unfolded the paper, he saw a crisp $100 bill.

He said he “broke down” in his car. “What else can you do?” he asked.

You can read the entire article here.

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