Monday, 3 December 2012

A Suddenly Direction ~ The Ultimate Stand-In

I love stories where people's lives change in an instant, where an everyday Joe or Jane goes from being extremely everyday to being gobsmackingly up there. One such story is of a man named Roger Becker. He's responsible for some infamous movie moments most of us will have witnessed at least once in our lives.

Forgive me as I now delve into serious man-turf.

In The Spy Who Loved Me, James Bond's white Lotus Elise is seen screaming along the winding hillside roads of Sardinia being chased by a helicopter. The stunt driver couldn't make the car slide like the film's directors needed to make the shot, and he could not push the car to its limit. The desired power slides and full opposite steering lock just couldn't be pulled off by this grippy new sportscar while it was in the hands of someone who should've known how to work it.

The film's director demanded that the car be brought the top of the hill now! and the man who jumped behind the wheel was the stunt man's advisor and Lotus employee, Roger Becker. He knew the car, like intimately knew the car (ask any motorsport person to explain this and they will quite plainly). Foot flat to the floor he pushed the car to its limit all the way to the top, sliding, screeching, revving, losing the back end while maintaining complete control. That day Roger Becker was employed as stunt driver for James Bond/Roger Moore, and cinematic history was made.

Can you imagine the privilege of such a decision? The surprise of it and the excitement?

"You are driving for Roger Moore in this movie."

I love it. I absolutely and utterly love stories like this. Someone has gone from the everyday to the neverland of amazingness. What's striking about it is that we all have this potential on some level. We're all expert at something and it's not just about being in the right place at the right time. It's about Providence, and it's real, right around the corner.

Sometimes we just have to use the guts and boldness God gave us, take that step out of our ordinary, get behind the wheel and push it to the limit. If you don't know what's coming next, take the step, and God will put the ground beneath you as your foot touches down.

Don't wait for life to happen to you.

 "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1v7

En effet, ce n’est pas un esprit de timidité que Dieu nous a donné, mais un esprit de force, d'amour et de sagesse.

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