October 30, 2015 – Triumphing Over Trypanophobia


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“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the only quality which guarantees all the others.” –Winston Churchill

     It is called trypanophobia, and I have dealt with it most of my life. Yes, it is a hard word to pronounce, but an even harder reality to contend with. Trypanophobia is the fear of needles. I’m not sure how it started or even why it still exists, but there is something about getting a shot that causes me to be anxious.

I recently read that ten percent of our population suffers from extreme trypanophobia. According to healthline.com, “at least twenty percent (of those with trypanophobia) avoid medical treatment as a result.” This fear is so intense in the minds of some people that it actually keeps them from getting the medical attention they need.

That is what fear does–it prevents you from living a healthy life. Whether it is the fear of spiders, the fear of loneliness, or the fear of flying, fears are grounded in a convoluted state of mind. Most of the things we actually fear will never come to pass. This is why we are to live our lives by faith. God has not given us the spirit of fear. He has given us power, love, and a sound mind. He has equipped us to combat our fears so that even those things that seemingly hurt us can actually make us stronger. Even shots.

Daily Reading: Luke 14-16

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