There were two things Jesus chose to prioritize: The mission God gave him and the people immediately around Him. Even when we have a clear sense of our mission, it’s easy to either miss people or just become a slave to anyone around us. To mitigate both of these extremes, we have to look at the example of Jesus.
In today’s reading, focus on how Jesus interacts with specific people. You’ll notice that two different times, Jesus puts aside what He’s currently doing to be with people and heal them, first with the man and his daughter and second with the woman who had bled for much of her life. There are a couple of key things to notice for both of these encounters:
When you look at your tasks and priorities, ask for God’s perspective. Consider how He is calling you to invest time in your spouse, children, parents, or other family members. Next, ask for His eyes to see the people in your ministry. Rather than simply reacting, you’ll find yourself beginning to respond to individual situations in light of your mission—just like Jesus did.