The Brass Ring
No doubt you’ve seen them. Flying manes, nostrils flaring, elaborate bridle bits, galloping up and down to the delight of children and adults—wooden horses captured in carved, colorful elegance on a carousel.
Traditional European carousels turn clockwise, allowing proper equestrians to mount the ornately carved wooden horses from the left. But Americans are less concerned with proper equestrian form than they are with the opportunity to acquire the much sought after brass ring. Therefore, American carousels travel counter-clockwise allowing riders to grab for the brass ring with their right hand.
Any rider who could reach out and grab the ring was rewarded with a prize—a free ride. In time, grabbing the brass ring became a metaphor for success and opportunity. But true success comes through setting a goal, learning from mistakes, through strong faith, perseverance and honest hard work. Those who disdain these elements prefer to ride a merry-go-round seeking worldly success and will grasp for it in vain on an endless circuit.
If you’re wondering what your purpose in life is, get alone with God. Pray and seek His will for your life. Instead of reaching for a shiny brass ring, reach out to Jesus.
Linda Kozar is the author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Howard/Simon & Schuster, Hardcover/Ebook, 2009), Misfortune Cookies (Barbour Publishing, Print, 2008). Misfortune Cookies, A Tisket, A Casket, and Dead As A Doornail (Spyglass Lane Mysteries, Ebooks, 2012), Strands of Fate (Annie’s Attic Mysteries, Hardcover, 2012).