It’s No Sin to Get Knocked Down

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Carl Brashear was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver. Born in 1931 to Kentucky sharecroppers, he only completed grade school. But that’s just the man on paper.

In the water, Brashear also became the first amputee to certify, or recertify, as a military diver. On a mission to retrieve a hydrogen bomb off the coast of Spain, a broken cable nearly sheared off his leg. “It’s no sin to get knocked down,” Carl said. “It’s a sin to stay down.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Carl said it’s no sin to get knocked down. And his life reminds us that the best response is to get back up…in the high calling of our daily work.