Looking at magazines give me a case of "the wants."
I look at food magazines and I either desire to eat or I want to think the I am the next Rachael Ray. (We have the same initials.)
If I look at home and garden magazines, I want to remodel, tear up, then fix up.
If I'm looking at fashion magazines I wish to be thin and tall, and my clothes look shabby and outdated.
When we look at things it is easy to want them and visualize ourselves having them. I guess that's why magazines are a multi-billion dollar industry. I used to subscribe to several, saving each issue to look at again and again.
Visualization is a good tool to helping us get to where we want to be. Scripture tells us, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV) people need a vision, a goal, the sight of the finish line. We need to "see" what it is that we hope for.
What is in front of you today? What is it that drives you? What are you looking at and hoping for?
I HAVE SET THE LORD BEFORE ME; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 ESV)
Turn Your eyes upon Jesus
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!