The fallacy of comparison
CURE University students are perfectionists. So am I. As a person with strong, perfectionist tendencies, what becomes my standard?
My students and I face this question often whether we consciously realize it or not. It is easy to make our standard what is presented to us by others. Let me give you an example.
Let’s say there is a CURE U chapter at a small, Christian liberal arts college in the Midwest that is just getting started. Let’s say there is another CURE U chapter that has been around for about four years at a large, public university in the south where most of the students involved are science majors.
Is the makeup of these two memberships similar? I would say no. Are the options of what venues for events that might be available to these students be similar? I would also say no. Would how the students promote their events on campus be similar? That would probably be a no. Would that guide the decision of what type of event they may have? Absolutely! There are so many factors that make these two chapters different from each other.
Students look at what is presented on social media and start to feel inadequate. Comparison certainly is the thief of joy. So, what should be our standard?
Our standard is Christ. Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to Jesus.
Galatians 1:10 says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
It is a joy that we get to heal kids. It is a joy that God chose us, broken people ourselves, as stewards of this ministry. There are so many things you could do in college that would be a drain and that become a chore. I hope that CURE isn’t like that for CURE U chapters.
Yes, your “chapter” might look very different from that of someone else. This is why it is important keep the big picture in mind and know that God is in control of the results. God is the same no matter what your circumstances, environment, or season. Everything you do, do it to the glory of God.