17 CWS Goals In a Nutshell
TO PLEASE THE LORD
The chief purpose of those in CWS is to please the Lord. Everything is subservient to this. One of the ways He has given us to do this is to show the beauty, power, love and intelligence of Himself through the things He has made.
In the process of doing this, we deeply desire and pray for God’s guidance and help in bringing many beautiful things into the lives of young and old. Here are a few! They are central to the purpose of why we do what we do.
1. To Make Studying God’s Nature a Delight & Make the Wonder “Stick-for-Life”
This is one hour of school that we want to make as pleasant as possible. There are times to exert the education “force-feeding” muscles, but we want this time of the day to be wisely used to the greatest benefit of the beloved kids involved. We pursue hard the great goal of, “Every minute a delight!”
For instance, we have AP Bio and Chem students in our program. They expect to work hard. They will bite the bullet. But we don’t want to misuse our “power”. We want what they really pour effort into to be life-changing to them–a life-blessing to them. We want the benefits to be enormous for them and others they will impact, not just demand of them perfect performances on things that may not benefit them much at all in the long run. A great goal of ours is to make every moment of our journey together as delightful and beneficial as possible!
And, so you’ll know, we try to make things easy when easy is fine. For instance, sometimes in the quizzes, we give the answer to a question a few questions down. We even tell young people where the answers are. Too easy? Nah. Someone who thinks this doesn’t understand where we are going.
As more projects are launched (a “Project” is 2 Global Topics like are on this website), we will slowly be implementing our “MERGE” between Computers and Education.” This will be used to cement in 1500 very involved and complex science concepts, 5000 beautiful “concept” pictures and video segments and over 2000 terms. Our goal is that kids at 18 would have an astonishing amount of material rock-solid cemented for life-time retention for the glory of the Lord.
2. To Bring Power to Scriptures
We desire to be used of the Lord to make many Scriptures take on new power as they are seen in light of the wisdom, love, power and intelligence of the Lord, the Creator of all things. Little lessons involving hidden beauty and wonder can be very powerful. We, therefore, add these often in all our written material.
3. To Build Faith and Encouragement
Our prayer is to be used of the Lord to build the faith of believers, and add much encouragement and joy to their days. It’s also to help others who don’t yet know the Lord to come to understand His deep love of them and His great desire to be part of their lives, to commune with them and to both actively help and bless them.
4. To Build Family Learning & Make Great Teachers
How great it is when the learning process is something families can do together! This is our CONSTANT prayer and the direction of our effort. Our hope in this is also to raise up an army of excellent teachers–people young and old–who can join hands with the fine godly teachers God has raised up worldwide to influence our generation.
5. To Bring in New Resources
We deeply love the beautiful things God is raising up through others. Our desire is to give much room for bringing in other’s wonderful resources.
6. To Increase Reading
Reading can peaceful, relaxing, amazingly encouraging and a great delight. God blesses so much with reading. One of our goals is that we would give a weekly place for delightful reading. As parents, we need to work hard at de-phoning our kids. One of the ways is by shared-delights. Reading is one.
7. To Open New Experiences
God has more for all of us than we currently realize. Our prayer is that CWS would be used to pave the way for many wonderful and incredible experiences for parents and children to share in together and to launch into, both together and separately.
8. To Increase Lifetime Memory
One of our great goals is to tremendously increase lifetime memory of thousands of “incredible concepts that both show the glory of God and develop a deep understanding of true science.” If these can be, in part, taught to both parents and children, parents become perhaps the greatest builder of long-term memory possible. If parents delight in learning about God’s handiwork, literally thousands of reminders and shared moments arise all of life that wouldn’t otherwise be there.
This is quite an improvement over flash cards for life-time memory! You can almost think of parents as God’s flash cards! When you’re 80 and your kids in their 50’s, the moments will keep coming!
9. To Expand Horizons
There is so much to learn and experience that glorifies the Lord and brings His blessing to others. Our deep prayer is that the Lord would work through CWS to expand the horizons of students and their families in both subject areas and experiences.
10. To Increase Opportunities
It is such a blessing to be used by the Lord to bring beauty into the lives of others. Our desire is to be part of raising an army with new knowledge and abilities to increase gentle and powerful opportunities for sharing the Lord with others.
11. To Increase Finances for Families
Finances are a precious gift from God. One of our goals from day one has been to earnestly pray that God would, through His work through many at CWS, increase finances for many families. Financial stress is very difficult and it is very hard on families who are sacrificing to have more time with their children. “Lord, please use us as one of Your tools to help bring some of Your financial blessing to families!” is our cry.
12. To Increase Knowledge of How the Brain Learns
There is great benefit in increasing students’ and parents’ understanding of how the Lord has designed the brain to learn. One of the goals in this is to help everyone learn and remember that God can do greater things with us and/or different things within us than we have thought possible. Many new skills and “talents” can be learned well over time if this is the Lord’s will. It involves seeking wise counsel and God’s direction and keeping at it as long and as faithfully and creatively as God desires us to.
Too many beloved people give up too soon thinking they can’t do something. They think failure is an indicator that they can’t and don’t realize that great failure is the path of every great master. They give up when God wants them to go on. We really want to help change this.
13. To Increase Gleaning Precious From the Worthless
Our hope is to increase students’ and parents’ ability to glean the precious from the worthless in the vast amount of information growing daily on the web. (Jeremiah 15:19) Part of this is understanding how to research effectively. We want to help here.
14. To Help Other Ministries
We want to help other beloved brothers and sisters in Christ who have a similar burden to bless students and their families by turning others to their amazing products and services. We have been helped and blessed immeasurably by others’ ministries and we would love to be a part of blessing those who have so deeply blessed us. We are “standing on the shoulders of giants” whom we are deeply indebted to and are so thankful for.
15. To Avoid Dead Knowledge
Studying some things can be so life-draining. They can sap your energy, starve your interest and kill your desire. Sometimes we see things taught in Science that maybe everyone, students and teachers, would much rather be without. We want to help here.
We really want to avoid “dead knowledge,” knowledge that doesn’t help or bless most people. We want instead to pursue jewels that teach science in beautiful ways and can eventually be used to powerfully glorify the Lord and greatly help those pursing careers in the sciences.
16. To Train the Eyes
Deeply seeing the beauty God has put in His Creation is important. Kids today know their cell phone screens lightyears better than they know the real world around them. We’re in a bit of a war against that.
We want to train the eyes of children and their parents to see more of the beauty in God’s creation. It might be accomplished in part by a family tree bark collection, shell collection, flower drawings, observing the flight patterns of birds or the swimming styles of fish. It might involve helping old and young to understand the truths like the fact that the grace of an eagle in flight or the beauty of a horse’s gallop is programmed on DNA strands. We want to help young and old to see the beauty in form and movement that God has put in His Creation. And, His beauty in both can be quite astonishing!
When beauty is seen in nature daily, God can use this to brighten the hours of the day with His presence, energize love, curb temptation, harness courage, super-charge confidence in Him and bring joy where there is sadness and even despair.
17. To Increase Time Outdoors
In regard to spending more time outdoors face-to-face with God’s Creation, it’s our opinion that everyone needs encouragement and help to get out more–both young people and parents. It’s a good thing for kids of all ages to dump their phones and computers for a while and have real, wild, exciting and beautiful adventures!
We’ve seen thousands of times where God has used these times to awaken desire and open perspectives and introduce opportunities in using camping and hiking and spending time in God’s beautiful places as a powerful tool for local and international ministry.
We, for instance, have a team of families who have been working with Japanese young people for almost 30 years. As families, they have had the most amazing adventures with each other and with Japanese young people where the Lord is brought in all the time.
Our prayer in this particular is that God would raise up groups of families all over the country–and the world– to reach students in many nations as this group of one hundred has.
These goals and many more are woven into what we do and why we do it in CrossWired Science.