“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6

Every New Year, I choose a single word to use as a theme for the year. If you’ve never done it before, it’s a great exercise for maintaining focus throughout the year. One year, I chose the word “peace”. I told a mentor friend about my decision. I’ll never forget his response.

“Don’t forget that sometimes you have to fight for peace.”

When we think of peace, we think of lack of conflict. While that might be the end result, it could be a struggle to get there. It could even be a fight.

World War II brought about peace but involved standing up and fighting in the face of evil. Protests led by King and Gandhi were peaceful, but that didn’t mean they didn’t endure violence at the hands of their oppressors. Even Jesus, the Prince of Peace, had to suffer a violent death on the cross.

Remember that as you try to bring about peace in your world. It might involve standing up for what you believe in. It might involve difficult conversations. It might involve pain or struggle. Sometimes peace might feel like a fight.

This Christmas, pray and ask for peace in your life, and be willing to be an instrument of God’s peace to those around you. Even if you have to fight for it.