My Personal Love/Hate Relationship by Nelson Price


II TIMOTHY 3: 1 - 5

JESUS CHRIST was asked what is the first and greatest
commandment. He answered:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your
neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22: 37 - 39).

With incredible agility we have managed to hurdle the first two
commandments and make a third to which our generation is
inclined to give full devotion. It is the "as yourself" part
where we pause and express devotion.
Self-esteem is the issue of the hour. It is the latest
educational fad sweeping the country. This movement, which
professes to help students make better grades and people in the
work force be more productive, began in California. Because of
the notoriety given the program, the state of California
commissioned a study entitled, "The Social Importance of
Self-Esteem." In part, the critical study revealed "One of the
disappointing how low the associations between
self-esteem and its consequences are in research data." NO
connection was found between promoting self-esteem and enhanced
educational performance. The study did expose a false assumption
and showed there is no consistent link between low self-esteem
and other factors commonly thought to be associated with poor
academic achievement, such as child abuse, teen pregnancy,
crime, welfaredependency, and substance abuse." (MDJ 2/27/91, as
reported from the "Providence Journal").

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