Newsweek magazine recently made a side-by-side comparison of "threats" of which people have an inaccurate perspective.
Murders: 14,180 (2008)—Suicides: 33,289 (2006)
Children abducted by strangers: 115 (1999)—Children who drown in pools: 288 (2006)
Burglaries: 2.2 million (2007)—Identity thefts: 8.3 million (2005)
Shark attacks: 28 (2009)—Dog bites: 4.5 million (estimate)
Americans killed in terrorist attacks worldwide: 33 (2008)—Americans who die from seasonal flu: 36,171 (est.)
Deaths by allergic reaction to peanuts: 50-100 (est.)—Deaths by unintentional poisoning: 27,531 (2006)
Fatalities in airline accidents: 321 (2005)—Fatalities in car crashes: 34,017 (2008)
We spend an inordinate amount of time fretting over the wrong things. The result is needless anxiety. This list illustrates our sometimes unfounded or misplaced fears and worries, and reveals just how far from reality our misconceptions sometimes take us.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6).