Mrs. Travon Clifton shares her life story on how she found her true identity.
By Jonathan Meyer
Last night our guest speaker, Mrs. Travon Clifton, came and shared how she found her greatest identity. She began by informing everyone that she was conceived in rape. She did not grow up in a Christian home, however, she was saved at the age of 17. Her name, Travon, is very special having been given to her by her mother who passed into Heaven six months ago. When her mother told her how she was conceived, she was torn apart with identity crisis. She thought, “If she came out of a vicious and horrible attack maybe God never had a plan for her.” And when her mother was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, she started asking herself if God was still good.
Next she read from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 about our identity in Christ. Sometimes we are told things about our identity and some things we figure out on our own. It does not matter how you are born the first time. It matters when you are born the second time as a child of God which is our greatest identity that no one can ever take away from us. It is secure. We must plant our identity in Christ. Our identity in God will be the rock that you stand on for the rest of your life. There is only one relationship that is eternal: your relationship with Jesus Christ. Remember wherever life takes you, your Rock is Jesus Christ.
After she finished telling about herself, she asked if there were any questions. When one person asked if she had to trust the process, she replied, “I trust God but hate #TrustTheProcess.” Then she described how the process is similar to how a potter molds his clay. It may look bad in the beginning, sloppy and ugly, but in the end it comes forth as a beautiful product, worthy of admiration. In reply to another question asked about how she still struggles, she said, “There are days I feel like heaven came down into my bedroom but also days where it felt like hell came up into her living room.” The final question asked was if she has ever met her real father. Her surprising reply was yes, she has. She felt God was prompting her to find him. When she was thirty, she got the information from her mom and met her biological father. And she found she had three siblings and still has relationships with two of them to this day.
Mr. Muffett asked her to close with a prayer for all of us here at LEAD. She did this gladly. She prayed a stirring prayer that God would light a fire of passion within each of us here to find our identity in him and share it with others.