Leave God Out Of The Conversation

Vance Larson
2 min readNov 11, 2023

Don’t bring God into the conversation. If God resides in your heart, they will know. Speaking of God in many cases, will turn people away. As a former Chaplain, I rarely spoke of God. I found that more people would be willing to break down the walls of their trauma and pain, when God was not introduced into the conversation. Do I believe in God? Yes! And if your ask is sincere, I will gladly share my experiences. But its been a long time since I felt to scream it at the top of my lungs.

I get it. God is extremely personal for many. And they should celebrate that. I am just in a place both personally and professionally, not to lead with God. If it comes up organically, sure. Out of the gate, it’s not going to happen.

I recall I was on a call with a connection from Linkedin. This was our second time speaking. Our first call was beautiful and warranted another call to continue the discussion. Within minutes she asked if I believed in God. It quickly went into that her belief was the only belief and that I was going to Hell. She lost me. Not only as a friend, but as a possible business partner. See what I am getting at? I was not offended by her faith. But it seemed that my faith offended her.

The things that we hold dear to our core, will shine without any words being spoken. I use this example often. If I met you at a networking event or casual dinner through a mutual friend, you would probably take away these 3 things about me, without me having to talk about them. One, that I am married, I am beyond in love with my wife. Two, that I work in some capacity in the helping profession. And three, there is a stillness inside of me that comes across as peaceful. And while I write about these extensively, I don’t feel the need to share it in casual conversation. Again if asked, sure. But those things simply exude the very fiber of my being.

When asked years ago {while acting as a Chaplain} why I didn’t speak of God. I said, “God can speak for God. I would only give the version of God that I am familiar with.” Besides, if my actions don’t show I operate from a place of compassion, me speaking of God would hold little to no merit anyway.

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Vance Larson

I am a retired crisis counselor of 20 years. I share my experiences {both personal and professional} about thought provoking subjects. Follow me.