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January 17, 2019

Build A Better You Challenge: Forgiveness

This year, Fight For Life is excited to continue it’s “Build A Better You Challenge” that incorporates our Building Dreams program with Jack and Jill Magazine! In this series, Marlin Jackson sets out the building blocks that students need in order to live the life they want. As someone who grew up in humble circumstances and was able to overcome a broken home and drug-fueled neighborhood, Marlin knows all about what it takes to fight for a better life.

In the first issue of 2019, Marlin teaches readers about the importance of forgiveness. In this lesson, Amiyah accidentally kicked her friend Kayden while she was swinging. Kyden was mad initially but a teacher helped him to realize the importance of forgiveness. Marlin also teaches us 5 tips about forgiveness in this lesson. 1. Don’t make someone do something for you in order to forgive them, like making them give you their lunch money for a week. Forgiving someone should make you feel good, because it’s the right thing to do. Don’t take advantage of it. 2. Nobody is perfect. Remind yourself of that next time someone asks for your forgiveness. 3. Don’t hold a grudge. The past is in the past, and bringing up old arguments will prevent you from moving on. 4. It’s not about being right. The important thing is to grow from the experience. 5. Learn to forgive, even when the other person isn’t sorry. It will help you feel better about the situation, and it will make you feel in control of your emotions.

We’re asking our readers 1. What does Forgiveness mean to you? 2. How do you show forgiveness at home, in school, or in your community?

All participants will receive a signed picture of Marlin Jackson. One winner from each issue will be named by Marlin as a Rising Star, receive a fidget spinner, and be featured in the next issue of this magazine. Coach Marlin’s Super Star will win an NFL Jersey of his or her choice. Winner to be announced January/February 2020 Issue. Our readers will need to read the article, download the attached PDF and mail the filled out essay questions to:

Jack and Jill
P.O. Box 88928
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Take a peek at our issue below and subscribe to Jack and Jill Magazine right here.