27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Watching Band of Brothers, there was one soldier who was brave beyond belief, and he made a statement that stuck with me. He explained to another soldier that the trick was to understand that 'you're already dead.'
As Christians, we are by definition already dead and our lives hidden in Christ. and we have life eternal. A dead man fears nothing. Not to mention we have the Lion of Judah to back us up.
Live freely, backing down from nothing or no one, and go forward into the new year knowing that there is only life in front of you. Death has lost, Christ has won, and we are free to live in peace.