Summer Blog: Headmaster Ken Lopez Reflects after 42 Years at Highlands
A number of thoughts surface as my tenure at Highlands Christian Academy rapidly comes to a close. I guess it’s normal to have a lot of pictures taken when these type of events take place, and when I see a picture of myself I wonder, Who is that old guy? Like it or not, time is a respecter of no one, including myself. What comes to the forefront of my mind is, Where did all the time go? The Word of God is so true when it points out in the book of James that our lives are just a “vapor” that vanish as a morning mist.
Another primary contemplation is gratitude for all God has allowed in my life as a result of being at Highlands Christian Academy and Grace Baptist Church since 1975. God alone is worthy to be praised for the work and ministry of HCA and GBC. The average number of times a person in the U. S. moves is eleven, and I’m blessed to have stayed in one place for so many years, not to mention escaping the trials of packing and unpacking.
I am thankful for all of the wonderful people I have crossed paths with at Highlands, including students, their parents, (who make so many sacrifices to have a child in a Christian school), and most of all, the dedicated professionals who have given their lives to be a part of the Christian School movement. Teachers, office workers, maintenance, daycare, cafeteria personnel, aides, coaches, administrators, pastors, church staff, and board members have all blessed my life because of their faithful service to the Lord. I am humbled by the devotion I have witnessed in their daily commitment to make Highlands Christian Academy a place that honors, glorifies, and points people to Christ.
So many people come to mind that it would be impossible to begin naming them all. But one person I must mention is my wife, Robbin. Her encouragement, prayers, love, and patience for me and the demands of my responsibilities have made our time at Highlands possible.
I leave Highlands Christian Academy with the great gift of memories. Memories of chapels, athletic contests, musicals, school programs, graduations, concerts, senior trips, field trips, building projects, bus rides, Mr. Rogers, candy sales, lunch in the cafeteria, praying individually with students and staff, Blood Drives, homecomings, staff Christmas banquets, conferences with students, teacher meetings, board meetings, and simple walks across the campus…just enjoying the day.
I will miss them all.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
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