I purchased my first smart phone quite a few years ago and took a crazy number of pictures. It’s easy. Anytime the thought occurs to me, I press the camera app and capture the moment.
The human brain functions like a camera. Our eyes are viewfinders. Once we’ve selected subject matter of interest, we fix our gaze and take a mental snapshot. It’s easy. Just point and shoot. The image makes an impression on our brains and we can pull it up anytime we choose. This photographic capacity of the human mind is amazing. If we direct our eyes toward that which uplifts and benefits us, we capture a cerebral image that will motivate us to achieve God’s best for our lives. For example, when I watch a man treat his wife like a queen and his children with respect, I remember that. The idea is filed somewhere in my gray matter and reminds me to repeat that behavior with my own family.
There’s a danger also. If I am indiscriminate in my choice of subject matter, then, like Job, my “my heart has been led by my eyes.” That’s not a good thing. My heart is my control center. It should control my eyes, not the other way around. My heart is the operating system that makes everything else in my life work right. If my heart is “led by my eyes,” marred by unwholesome images and negative recollections, lustful memories of past sexual exploits, or greedy and ambitious desires for something that is not mine to have, then I set myself up for a fall. I must use caution in what I choose to look at or I will inhibit the flow of God in me and potentially destroy my life, as the Bible says...
In the words of Jesus…
Job “made a covenant with [his] eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.”
Q: Why would Job, or anyone, make a covenant with their eyes?
A: Clear eyes = clean heart = happy human = effective follower of Jesus.
 The terms "heart," "mind," and "brain" are used interchangeably in this post. In the early years of Hebrew history and writing, the idea of heart and mind were synonymous. The notion that all internal human processes merge to form a singular concept is common in ancient literature of the middle east.