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  • JANUARY 29 2020
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Jan 29, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2
Ramesh Richard

The unaudited life is not a healthy life. Where do you stand when you examine your successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses? Have you fallen short of your own expectations and desires? Do you long for a chance to reorder your life, to have new courage, new motivation? There is hope for a new direction for your life, one that is available to you at no cost from the God who created and loves you. Will you trust Him to give you new direction? You think about it, let’s talk about it.

TRANSCRIPT:
Hello world! My bachelor’s degree was a “B.Com,” a Bachelor of Commerce. The original “B-dot-com” in Business, as it were. Those few years seemed like a big waste—especially when I went through a course on auditing. The “B.Com”—we were just being calm and youthful, immaturity and ignorance. My professor, who was not interested in the subject or the students, got us all a “pass” because that helped his success rate with the authorities and his popularity with the students. The auditing course has since become much more important as I attempt to live by the principles of good accounting.

Just like there could be auditing of companies and organizations and businesses, there could be an auditing of us, our lives, our souls. The religions and the philosophies have told us about this. In fact, leadership literature has much about this as well. Socrates, the great philosopher said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Others have said you need to look at your strengths, your weaknesses, your opportunities, your threats, your personality and temperament, your scales and talents, and then know a bit about yourself.

That is only internal self-auditing. That’s a great place to start. In fact, my takeaway from the philosophers and religions goes this way: “The unexamined life is not worth living,” is followed by, “The unaudited life is not a healthy soul.” So if you don’t audit yourself, you don’t know yourself, but if you don’t know yourself, you can’t audit yourself—you’re caught in a bind. And therefore, we need to go to external auditors, just like businesses and companies go to external auditors, who do not have a conflict of interest in examining us.

In the same way, I am going to recommend that you go to an external auditor. An internal self-audit would be subject to your own prejudices, to your jaundiced view of yourself—but an external auditor who knows everything about you, who does not have anything to gain from you, who strengthens your soul but gives it free of cost, is God Himself. And as He audits your life, your soul, you will notice, because He notices, you have fallen short of His principles, His expectations. But you have fallen short of your own expectations, of your own principles. And the immediate, severe, and eternal consequence of having fallen short is what I’m going to call the non-repairable self-identity. Your life never simplifies. It never heals. It never congeals. So the external Self Auditor, without a charge, without conflict of interest, recommends a course—a direction for correction. He says, “I will send my Son without cost to you, all you’ve got to do is receive Him. And if you receive Him, you’ll have a brand new life.” You’ll become a new creation, so that all your life processes and life structures can be restructured. You’ll have new impetus, new motivation, new courage. You will be clean in your audit.

Audit yourself. Because the unaudited life is not a healthy one. If you liked this talk, let me know. Send it to your friends, get on our website, and let’s begin our dialogue. I’m waiting to hear from you.

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The unaudited life is not a healthy life. Where do you stand when you examine your successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses? Have you fallen short of your own expectations and desires? Do you long for a chance to reorder your life, to have new courage, new motivation? There is hope for a new direction for your life, one that is available to you at no cost from the God who created and loves you. Will you trust Him to give you new direction? You think about it, let’s talk about it.

TRANSCRIPT:
Hello world! My bachelor’s degree was a “B.Com,” a Bachelor of Commerce. The original “B-dot-com” in Business, as it were. Those few years seemed like a big waste—especially when I went through a course on auditing. The “B.Com”—we were just being calm and youthful, immaturity and ignorance. My professor, who was not interested in the subject or the students, got us all a “pass” because that helped his success rate with the authorities and his popularity with the students. The auditing course has since become much more important as I attempt to live by the principles of good accounting.

Just like there could be auditing of companies and organizations and businesses, there could be an auditing of us, our lives, our souls. The religions and the philosophies have told us about this. In fact, leadership literature has much about this as well. Socrates, the great philosopher said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Others have said you need to look at your strengths, your weaknesses, your opportunities, your threats, your personality and temperament, your scales and talents, and then know a bit about yourself.

That is only internal self-auditing. That’s a great place to start. In fact, my takeaway from the philosophers and religions goes this way: “The unexamined life is not worth living,” is followed by, “The unaudited life is not a healthy soul.” So if you don’t audit yourself, you don’t know yourself, but if you don’t know yourself, you can’t audit yourself—you’re caught in a bind. And therefore, we need to go to external auditors, just like businesses and companies go to external auditors, who do not have a conflict of interest in examining us.

In the same way, I am going to recommend that you go to an external auditor. An internal self-audit would be subject to your own prejudices, to your jaundiced view of yourself—but an external auditor who knows everything about you, who does not have anything to gain from you, who strengthens your soul but gives it free of cost, is God Himself. And as He audits your life, your soul, you will notice, because He notices, you have fallen short of His principles, His expectations. But you have fallen short of your own expectations, of your own principles. And the immediate, severe, and eternal consequence of having fallen short is what I’m going to call the non-repairable self-identity. Your life never simplifies. It never heals. It never congeals. So the external Self Auditor, without a charge, without conflict of interest, recommends a course—a direction for correction. He says, “I will send my Son without cost to you, all you’ve got to do is receive Him. And if you receive Him, you’ll have a brand new life.” You’ll become a new creation, so that all your life processes and life structures can be restructured. You’ll have new impetus, new motivation, new courage. You will be clean in your audit.

Audit yourself. Because the unaudited life is not a healthy one. If you liked this talk, let me know. Send it to your friends, get on our website, and let’s begin our dialogue. I’m waiting to hear from you.

Support the show