The Price of Goals

In West Perrine, Florida, USA, Lee Lawrence had a dream .

“Can anyone imagine” , he said, all the churches in the neighborhood…. marching up Homestead Avenue to let the drug pushers know that we won't take it any more?”







The drug dealers didn't like Lee or his vision. Twice he was shot at while getting out his car. The grocery shop he owned was vandalised; then someone tried to burn it down. Refusing to give up, Lee got several pushers arrested. His store became a drug-free haven for the neighborhood kids.

In March 198, Lee walked out his shop and was met by firing a semi-automatic riffle. The first shot knocked Lee to the ground. A second man shot Lee again as he lay on the pavement. Minutes later he was dead. But his vision was not.

On Lee Lawrence’s funeral day , more than 3,000 people from area churches linked arms and march up Homestead Avenue singing, “We overcome: drugs and crime must go!”

It was a dream come true -and the start of big changes in West Perrine.

Lee Lawrence was willing to face the hardship -even death- to see his goal become a reality. Jesus also endured hardship because of His mission to reclaim humanity from sin. Read about it in Luke 22:63-71;

63NIV:The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.
64NIV:They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?”
65NIV:And they said many other insulting things to him.
66NIV:At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.
67NIV:“If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me,
68NIV:and if I asked you, you would not answer.
69NIV:But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
70NIV:They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.”
71NIV:Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”

Questions To Consider
  • What price were both Lee and Jesus willing yo pay to see their goals become reality?
  • How was Jesus’ response in this passage like the way you respond when others attack your faith? How is your response different from Jesus?

Motion Points
  • Writing down three goals you would be willing to suffer for it
  • Looking through a newspaper to find three people who are suffering for doing right and praying for them each day of the week

Further Reading
  • Mark 14:62-75
  • 1Peter 2:18-25
  • Exodus 3:6-10

Hymn For Today
Abba , Father ! We Approached Thee ( James G Deck )

"Abba, Father!" We approach Thee
In our Savior's precious Name;
We, Thy children, here assembling,
Access to Thy presence claim;
From our sins His blood hath washed us,
'Tis through Him our souls draw near,
And Thy Spirit, too, hath taught us,
"Abba, Father," Name so dear.

Once as prodigals we wandered
In our folly far from Thee,
But Thy grace, o'er sin abounding,
Rescued us from misery;
Thou Thy prodigals hast pardoned,
Kissed us with a Father's love,
Spread the festive board, and called us,
E'er to dwell with Thee above.

Clothed in garments of salvation,
At Thy table is our place,
We rejoice, and Thou rejoicest,
In the riches of Thy grace;
"It is meet," we hear Thee saying,
"We should merry and be glad,
I have found My once lost children,
Now they live who once were dead."

"Abba, Father!" all adore Thee,
All rejoice in Heav'n above,
While in us they learn the wonders
Of Thy wisdom, grace, and love;
Soon before Thy throne assembled,
All Thy children shall proclaim,
"Glory, everlasting glory,
Be to God and to the Lamb!"


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