Too often young people who leave home, students who quit school, husbands and wives who seek divorce, church members who neglect services, employees who walk out on their jobs are simply trying to escape discipline. The true motive may often be camouflaged by a hundred excuses, but behind the flimsy front is the hard core of aversion to restraint and control. …

Many nervous and emotional disorders are the accumulated result of years of self-indulgent living. I am not thinking of the drunkards or libertines, but of the respectable Christians who probably would be horrified at the thought of touching liquor or of indulging in gross immorality. But they are nevertheless undisciplined, and the fatal weakness is unmasked in the day of trial and adversity.

Richard S. Taylor, The Disciplined Life, (Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1962), 11.

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