We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it. (Rick Warren, American pastor and author)

We can learn a lot from history—whether it’s national, cultural, or personal. It’s helpful to know, for example, how progress has been made in medicine or technology that affects our lives today. On the other hand, it isn’t helpful at all—in fact, it’s harmful—to feel trapped by the events of our past lives. We need to move on with hope and determination.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me (Philippians 3:13-14).