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NFL Receiver Doug Baldwin Catches Empathy While Passing It On

Seattle Seahawks receiver challenges all to go where natural instincts won’t allow us to go in order to open our hearts to others in need. Read Transcript


- [Narrator] Pro-Bowlreceiver Doug Baldwin

is one of the NFL's mostrespected play-makers.

The undrafted eight-year veteran

is explosive, strong, and deliberate,

both on and off the field.

He consults corporate,government, and school leaders

but is better known frombeating his defenders

at the point of attack after the snap.

- When do you know you've won that battle?

- I would like to say thatit starts much earlier

than when you're actually onthe line of scrimmage, right?

There's a lot of preparationthat goes into it,

a lot of film study, a lot of workouts.

So, typically, when you go into the game,

you have the mindsetthat you have the tools

in your toolbox to go out there and win.

It's a visualization, part ofit is having a visual reel,

so that if you ever get into a situation

where you start to doubt your talents,

you go back to seeingwhat you are at your best.

- Does that competitive drive as a player

ever entrap you?

- Absolutely.

- As a person.

- It does.

(Doug sighs)

I'm very passionate about competing.

And I wear my emotions on my sleeve,

I let it be known how I feel.

And somewhere in my emotional furniture,

I have this need for more as a competitor,

I have this greed, if you will.

To win.

God has already blessed me with everything

I would ever need and more.

So I have to make surethat I'm taking a step back

and realizing that sometimesbecause my competitive nature

will entrap me in a number of ways.

- So what's the escapehatch, what frees you?

- There's always gonna be these obstacles

that you have to overcomeand so, the only thing

that I would say that'sspiritually freed me,

is knowing where my blessings come from.

Who I want to become andwhere I plan on going,

not just in life but when I pass on, too.

All of that factors in.

You can have a reliefknowing that Jesus died

on the cross for us.

- [Interviewer] You've been visible

in social, political, cultural dialog.

What, Doug, do you think earns a voice

to effectively move together?

- Empathy.

It's very hard to get people to hear you

if you don't feel them.

People won't rememberwhat you said to them,

they necessarily won'tremember what you did to them,

but they'll rememberhow you made them feel.

And it breaks away allthe layers that we put up,

the insecurities, everything that we do

to protect ourselves,

empathy hits really at the core of that.

And the conflicts that we have

in not understanding each other,

would be much easierto mend and to get to.

- What does empathy bringthat compassion can't?

- Well what empathy looks like,

is when somebody says somethinghappened to them, it's bad,

they say yeah, I know.

You sit there in that emotion with them

and you ask them, "Howdoes that make you feel?"

You don't have to offer solutions.

What you're doing is beingpresent in that moment,

in that pain, in that hurt with somebody.

And even if you don't fullyunderstand what that is,

by asking the questions by being present,

eventually it's gonnapenetrate your own heart.

And you feel that pain as well.

- [Interviewer] Have you identified a bond

that runs deeper than teaming?

- (laughs) I have.

Tribe as compared to a team.

The difference between a team and a tribe,

in a team everybody'sworking toward a common goal.

Winning the Super Bowl, right?

That's our goal.

But in a tribe, theteam is the common goal.

The value of each person,the progress of each person,

the health and thewellness of each person,

that's the common goal.

Is the goal win the Super Bowl?

We will do that becausemy goal is to make sure

that you have everything you need

to be at your very best.

And everything else willtake care of itself.

- [Interviewer] What have you learned

about leadership, specificto moving people forward?

- It's a good question.

It's not the person whojust leads in the front.

It's not the person whojust leads from the back.

It's the person who theyalways come back to.

It's the person that issurrounded by others,

and saying, "What are your needs?"

"How can I meet your needs?

"How can I provide youwith what you need?"

When you're in the grassroots you know what's needed.

To me what leadership looks like

is a person who's amongst thepeople that they're leading.

Asking the questions,being a part of the tribe.

Not being on the outside of it,

so that they're in tune with everything.

- Humility?

Is that the trigger?

- (laughs) It is.

It is, it very much so is.

The leadership that I'm talkingabout, servant leadership,

you have to have the humility.

You have to understand that,I don't have all the answers.

But my belief is thatI'm giving you all of me,

so that you can haveeverything that you need.

The ultimate leader inmy eyes, Jesus Christ,

that's exactly what he did.

He didn't lead just fromthe front or from the back,

he was amongst the people, he served them.

And he wasn't afraid to do so.

What's not to admire?

You have Jesus on thecross, being crucified.

And you have the wherewithal,

to say, "Forgive them."

"I forgive you."?

It's an unbelievable sacrifice,

to be that selfless.

It's just so profound to me.

- Hey Doug, what doesChrist-like look like,

today, if we live that?

- Well it all comes back to love, right?

Christ was love.

And I think in order to havethe love that Jesus had for us,

you have to be empathic.

You have to be willingto be vulnerable enough

to go to a place whereyour natural instincts

won't allow you to go to.

Why are you so afraid to be vulnerable?

Open your heart to otherseven though they might not

have the same opinion as you.

My pain, there's somelevel of truth to it,

your pain, your insight, my insight.

The difference of lives that we've lived.

And I think that if there's a way for us

to demonstrate, truly, the forgiveness,

the commitment, the selflessness,

the respect, the humility, the kindness,

it's truly by being empathic.

Really what you're gonnacome out to is love.

And again, Jesus is love.

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