God has given to all men a measure of faith: scripture declares. Like any measurement, the unit of measure determines the size or weight of the object whose parameters you seek to determine in actuality. That said, a virtual unit of measure exists in every human interaction though it may not be in any defined scientific scale. This is why when you meet a petite girl, you immediately assume she is below a certain weight and conversely you assume the opposite when you meet a seemingly larger person. We do have inbuilt ability to somehow accurately gauge things without necessary having run any verifiable tests. It is to be noted, however, when it comes to either factual or estimate of size, the unit of measure that is the point of reference is the major determinant of how big or small something really is. For example, a foot is much smaller than a metre, thus taking measurements in metres would make something be perceived as smaller than it really is and vice versa.
In the scripture referred to here in Romans 12:3, it is clear that the one who gauges us justly is God and He has given us a measure of his abilities in order to tame our thinking to conform to God’s way of seeing things. Two facts are apparent about the “measure of faith”: first, it is the standard by which we correctly appraise ourselves, and, second, it is meted out by God. Because each believer receives his measure of faith by God’s allotment, we are prevented from thinking of ourselves “more highly” than we ought. Therefore, recognizing that our measure of faith comes from God prevents pride and encourages “sober judgment” leading us to acknowledge the limits of our own gifts and appreciating the gifts of others as highlighted by Paul in the few verses that follow. I guess this the same measure of grace apportioned by Christ in Ephesians 4:7.
I believe these same principles apply in our earthly interactions with each other. It is in recognizing others’ abilities that we rightly place our own in the circle of life. Sir Elton John captured these sentiments best in the Lion King theme song: circle of life.
From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round
It’s the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life
We all need someone who understands and appreciates us despite our shortcomings. This is why at the Africa International University, a dedicated team of ‘pathfinders’ hold your hand as you go through campus. These are the academic advisors. Despite their years of experience and much acclaimed accolades in academia, they make time in their busy schedule to guide students in choosing careers that are right for them and making the most of their inherent abilities, not from a lofty point of view, but from an understanding of the students’ abilities. This they do in conjunction with the student council. All students are advised on the courses they should take by an Advisor assigned to them.The Advisor-advisee relationship is very important to the curriculum of AIU. The Advisor assists the students in planning and executing the students’ course of study in conformity with the requirements of each programme. Each student is responsible for completing the requirements of the program.
“As a growing community, we are constantly on the lookout for innovative ideas of meeting the needs of our diverse membership. We encourage all current students to fully participate in this community and take advantage of the services and opportunities offered as we seek to develop together, an environment in which students thrive intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically. Given that no one has a monopoly on ideas and with the belief that we, as students also have the solutions to the challenges we face, the Students Council is committed to consistently listening to the voice of the students”
President, Students’ Council – 2015-2016.