Exodus 20:20 says "do not be afraid" (in reference to God) and at the same time suggests that the fear of God is a good thing. So apparently, fearing God is different than being afraid of God. One is needed and beneficial while the other can be detrimental to a healthy relationship with our Creator. Fear God - yes! Be afraid of God - No!
Everyone has their thoughts about various things. God has given us the ability to reason, to think, and to come up with ideas. This is an awesome part of what makes us human. And while amazing, the potential problem is that we elevate our thoughts to a place higher than God's Word. We must remember and embrace Isaiah 55:8,9.
God is in control - always. This doesn't mean things are always good, just that He is never caught unaware. And regardless of what takes place, God's plan will be fulfilled. From creation until the birth of Jesus until this very moment and from now on, God is in control.
When we hear the word 'missionary' we usually think of someone that has been sent to a specific area or people in order to share the gospel. We need to shift our thinking and realize that all of us fit this definition to a degree. Your mission field is wherever you are.
Some people are in a hard place because of bad decisions. Others start out in a hard place at no doing of their own. Some are born with a head start. Others are born at a disadvantage. Some people have a lot of candy. Others have hardly any. What do you do?
Following Jesus isn't a conditional agreement we have with God. It's not some kind of deal where we follow as long as . . . Rather, it's a decision based on what has already been done for us. God's already given us the best deal ever - His righteousness for our sin!