We often remember and honor our mothers, but what about our fathers? Dads play an important role in their children's lives. While some dads aren't as visible as mothers in families, nevertheless they provide a very important role.

Did you know that on Mother's Day most families go out to lunch or dinner, and for Father's Day most families have a family barbecue? A barbecue certainly makes wonderful family memories and allows children to run around and play.

What role did your father play in your life while growing up?

Did he foster your dreams, encourage you by telling you that anything you desired could be accomplished if you worked for it?

Did he teach you the difference in right and wrong? 

Did he teach you the skills you needed to achieve your dream? 

Did he teach you how to ride a bike and play sports?

My father taught his children to always tell the truth, honor our family name, how to handle our money, and how to take care of tools and equipment so that they would last for many years. He also taught all of his children management skills and all four of us have used those skills in a variety of ways.

The "dreaded" Father's Day tie seems to be a joke each year. This year, why not just ask Dad what he'd like for Father's Day? My husband, Jim, loves ties. My dad, not so much. One year he wanted ping pong equipment for the table and other years he wanted a particular tool. Asking is so much easier than guessing, and then Dad will get what he really desires.

One day, your father will no longer be with you. How will you honor his legacy? Will you carry on the life lessons he taught, virtue, how a good name is to be sought, honesty and righteousness?

Of course, all glory ultimately goes to our Heavenly Father and we thank Him for our earthly fathers, our wonderful world, and the gift of salvation.

To my Dad and all of the awesome fathers in Crestview, Happy Father's Day.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.