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Top Ten Fears

Boston.com (of the Boston Globe) published a list of "Americans ’ top 10 fears":

  1. Public speaking
  2. Snakes
  3. Confined spaces
  4. Heights
  5. Spiders
  6. Tunnels and bridges
  7. Crowds
  8. Public transportation (especially airplanes)
  9. Storms
  10. Water (as in swimming and drowning)

Suggested applications:

  • Fear has been the human being’s unpleasant companion since our fall into sin. Adam’s first words after the fall: “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid…” Genesis 3:10.
  • Fears come in all shapes and sizes. God wants us to be free from fear: “…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
  • These fears, for the most part, fall into the category of irrational phobias, but they’re very real to those who have them. All of us have to deal with “normal” fears: loss of a job, worry about a child’s safety, a possible flu pandemic.

    Reference: "Americans' top 10 fears," boston.com (1-6-09)