What image comes to mind when you hear the word coward?
What image comes to mind when you hear the word coward? The pathetic male passenger cowering in the rear of a lifeboat while the women and children are left behind to drown? Or a naive coworker foolishly covering for his associate who leaves work early every Friday afternoon?
Cowardice is defined as lacking courage, or more simply put allowing fear to dictate what we will or won't do. Courage by contrast is the willingness to act without regard to personal cost. We have read that "no greater love has any man than to lay down his life for a friend". Courage then is dependant upon a knowledge of, and faith in a greater good which in this case is perfect love, which is able to drive out fear. We all, of course, would like to be identified more with courage than cowardice. Sadly, for most of us however, the inverse is more often true than not.