Which is most important...self-esteem or character? Which comes first...self-esteem or character? Which are you more concerned about?
As societies...when we lost track of character and focused on making sure every-body has a good self-esteem, the experts made a huge mistake! Character is a foundational issue, a bread-and-butter concept, a meat and potatoes something to live by and build your life on. However, contrast that to this thing called self-esteem and you have a cotton candy kind of concept.
There have been myriads of dissertations that demonstrate the supposedly correlation between low self-esteem and virtually every problem that can be faced in life. Some of this research is really trivial....slow learners, unwanted kids, abused kids, and even obese teens have low self-esteem.
It's assumed that if you have low self-esteem you will be a low achiever. If you have high-self esteem you accomplish more in life. But in fact...there is nothing about "causality." It's the opposite of popular opinion. People who have skills, education, and life accomplishments have good self-esteem. Self-esteem is really the result...not the cause of good work and a solid character.Self-esteem is the result, not the cause
If your work is meaningless, your education without focus and your relationships are broken and messed up...all the self validations will only go so far! Build your character, build your skills, build your relationship with the God of Creation...and you will also discover you have a balanced and self-fulfilling life experience, as well as a good self-esteem!
I say to every one of you: Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you" (Romans 12:3).