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What Are You Magnifying?
By Victoria Osteen - Aug 31, 2010
In the book of Genesis, Eve was a woman who truly had it all. She was living in the most gorgeous and lush garden ever with the perfect man—literally! She enjoyed magnificent streams, rivers and waterfalls, all surrounded by the most fragrant flowers along with the freshest fruits and veggies imaginable. Just think: no weight problems or dirty laundry. She truly was living in paradise. Then one day, she began focusing her attention on the wrong thing—the single fruit tree from which God told her not to eat. I'm sure that the more she looked at the forbidden fruit, the larger it became in her mind. She allowed that one thing to distort her perspective until she was no longer content with the treasures in her paradise. Instead, she magnified that one forbidden thing until it was so large in her mind's eye that she could see nothing else.

When you magnify something, you don't actually change the size of the object; you simply change your perspective of it. For example, if you hold a quarter in your hand and stretch your arm out in front of you, the quarter seems small compared to your surroundings. But when you pull the quarter in closer to your eye, it appears much larger. In fact, if you hold it closely enough, you won't see anything else.

So often in life, our difficulties and challenges seem much larger than they actually are simply because we are holding them closer than necessary. But when we have the right perspective, those same difficulties become much more manageable.

To keep the right perspective, we have to magnify the right things in our lives. When you come up against a challenge, remind yourself of all the great things God has done for you. Thank Him for His goodness and faithfulness in your life. Recall times when God has come through for you. As you focus on the right things, you'll be amazed at how your perspective changes. You'll be filled with a grateful attitude and see the wonderful blessings He has in store for you!

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together (Psalm 34:3, NASB).
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