This past weekend our son Evan graduated from Morehead State University. Relatives came to town and shared the special day with us!

On Friday night we went out to eat, and I was sitting next to my nephew Phillip. For some silly reason I began pretending that I was a little girl named Lydia and Phillip jumped right into the act. It was so funny. All weekend he kept asking when Lydia was going to come back to visit.

“Lydia” showed up to swing in the backyard for a bit with Phillip after we got home from eating, and during our imaginary conversation, Phillip said something that cracked me up.

He was talking about his Aunt Tammy (me) and said, “Sometimes she is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and off the charts.”

We all thought this was such a funny phrase for a kid to say.

If you want to get an honest opinion of yourself, I guess asking a 7 year old is that way to do it.

After Phillip left this weekend, I didn’t really think about what he had said too much until I was reading my devotion this morning in my book “Jesus Calling.”

I had to call my sister-in-law (Phillip’s mom) as soon as I read what it said.

Here is what I read:

I want you to know how safe and secure you are in My Presence. That is a fact, totally independent of your feelings. You are on your way to heaven, nothing can prevent you from reaching that destination.

There you will see Me fact to Face, and your Joy will be “OFF THE CHARTS by any earthly standards.


Goosebumps covered my arms as I thought to myself, “God placed simple, funny words in Phillip’s mouth so that I would read my devotion this morning and say WOW, WOW, WOW!!!”

Off the charts!

I think that is how God calls us to live out our lives.

Jesus came to give us an abundant life.

Off the charts!

Jesus is coming back one day to take us all to Heaven!

I can’t think of a better reason to live an “off the charts” life, can you?!?!

I Corinthians 13:12

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;

then we shall see face to face.

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,

even as I am fully known.