What Are You Afraid Of?
Most people are familiar with many of mankind’s most common phobias, like:
Claustrophobia = the fear of confined spaces
Acrophobia = the fear of heights
Agoraphobia = the fear of crowds
Arachnophobia = fear of spiders
Trypanophobia = the extreme or irrational fear of needles – Well, you get the point.
The only one, legitimate fear, however, is the one which Franklin D. Roosevelt so eloquently labeled—Phobophobia—saying, “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
Phobobphobia, the fear of fear. If we must fear anything, let it be this one thing. Let us run from fear, avoid fear at all cost, lest we be “paralyzed” and unable to muster the needed resolve to “advance” in our personal growth and spiritual calling.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).