If you read my blog posts, follow me on any kind of social media, or even know me personally, there is about a 99% chance you’ve heard me talk about Delight Ministries. You’ve probably heard me gush about our meetings, our mission statement, and have seen me wear all the pink merch. There is a reason for that: it changed my life. And not just in a “wow this organization is so cute” kind of way, I mean that God actually used Delight to change the trajectory of my entire life-plan.
I started going to Delight my freshman year of college, but I was definitely not the girl who faithfully showed up every single week, ready to go. I showed up sporadically, when it was convenient for me, and when it didn’t interupt any of my other Friday night plans. I didn’t invest in the other girls, there was always a 50/50 chance I had read the story, and I certaintly wasn’t walking away ready to apply all the lessons and wisdom from others. It was a come, participate, and leave kind of deal for me: an optional two hour block in my week.
But then things shifted the spring semester of my sophomore year. For starters, I started to attend Delight regularly. Instead of being “too busy” for this community, I leaned on them during a chaotic period of my life. I began to develope more friendships and invested in people around me that honestly I paid little to no attention to beforehand. The biggest thing was that I was starting to fall back in love with Jesus and learned who He was all over again. I had grown up in a Christian home, always involved in the church, and certainly loving God, but lately my faith had grown stagnant. I wasn’t regularly attending church (or any ministry for that matter) and my time spent reading the Bible was a quick skim through the day’s verse, the only real thing coming from it being a check on my to-do list.
I won’t go into all the details of how God used Delight, because that would make this a very long post (if you’d like to hear my story let me know, I would love to either do a separate blog post or even meet up with anyone who wants to talk!), but I’ll give you a little glimpse of where I’m at now.
This year is my first as a leader of Delight. My first year or so of college ministry tended to feel like a chore, and now those settings are where I find the most joy. Delight isn’t just something cute for my Instagram, it is a community I gush about and invest in daily. God is calling me out of my comfort zone in so many ways, including the pursuit of a career in ministry. Yes, the girl who barely even showed up her freshman year is now all-in, and you can be too.
God used Delight to transform my heart. I don’t know who you are or where you’re at in your faith journey (although I’d love to, seriously, reach out to me!) but if you’re a woman in college and you’re on the fence about coming to Delight, returning to it, or even starting one, just show up. I wish I had my freshman year. It would have saved me a lot of time and a lot of heartache if I had, but that is my story and I know God is going to use it. There is a community of amazing women just waiting to welcome you. You can check out Delight’s site here, and can find out all the info, including if your campus has a Delight and, if not, you can start one! If you’re a guy in college, Bud Ministires is an all-guys group that is kind of considered the brother of Delight.
My general advice to everyone, college student or not, is to find community that isn’t just great company, but that really invests in you and your heart. One of the greatest gifts in life is to be able to walk with others and mutually lean on one another; don’t miss out on those opportunities.