237 | Forgiving Fathers Foster Freedom (Jason Romano: Part 2)

237 | Forgiving Fathers Foster Freedom (Jason Romano: Part 2)

237 - Jason Romano PART2

Key Takeaways

  • Empathy is a game changer.
  • Forgiveness causes ripple effects that we may never see.
  • Our emotions can be an enter sign for the internal work that we need to do or an exit sign for a situation that we need to get out of.
  • Sacrificial decisions are courageous decisions even if they don’t make sense to others.

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Jason Romano

Jason Romano is an author, speaker, and media professional with over 20 years of broadcasting experience. He is the Director of Media with Sports Spectrum and the host of the popular Sports Spectrum Podcast. For 17 years, he was an Emmy-Award winning Producer and Senior Manager at ESPN. He has created and produced content for shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Football, Mike and Mike in the Morning, Sunday NFL Countdown, College Gameday, NFL Live, MLB’s All Star Game and many more.

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Key Quotes (Full Transcript of the Conversation Here)

  • 6:54 – “It took that… deep, dark, low moment, rock bottom moment for my father, for me to see him completely differently than I ever saw him… Even though I knew about forgiveness, I understood it as far as Jesus and me… I needed to ask for forgiveness of my sins. I wasn’t able to do that other part that Jesus talks about forgiving others who trespass against us… And that moment, that day, that low point, as I heard his voice on the phone, I saw my dad the way God sees him and me as his child. And I developed something that I never have from my dad before… Empathy is the great game changer and I never had empathy for my dad until that low moment. And that empathy led me to a point where I verbally finally said to him, Dad, I forgive you…”
  • 14:00 – “My brothers are amazing dads, so I watch them… I see how great of a dad that they both are and I think only God could do that. But the ripple effects of… ten total Romano kids that are going to hopefully see a different future than what we had to see because of God, but the decisions that thankfully we all, all three of us made to not go down the same path that our father did… I believe there’s chain breaking and discipleship making.”
  • 19:54 – “Though, my emotions are not always reality, I’ve learned that my emotions can point me toward reality, especially re-occurring emotions…. Our emotions can be an enter sign for the internal work that we need to do, we have to do, or an exit sign for a situation that we need to get out of.”

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