I couldn’t let a full month pass without writing a post, and I have much to tell, so here we go (again).
I want to reveal some personal information about me. I feel the push to reveal these facts to the world, or at least to the hundred or so people who read my blog posts, and for clarity’s sake, that push is coming from the Holy Spirit. I have experienced some very strange things so far this year, all documented here at this blog, but I can’t claim to be able to make sense of all of it yet, other than I feel I have something to do for Jehovah whilst I am here on earth, but currently that ‘something’ is simply a feeling that I need to sound the alarm that we don’t have a lot of time left before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth. I hope and pray that Jehovah will provide me with clarity on what he needs me to do, but in the meantime I will keep sharing my thoughts and experiences here.
I will start with a strange fact relating to my Christian name (you know, I only just this second even noticed and wondered why our first names are called Christian names. I will investigate later and may add the answer to the end of the post).
My Christian name is Gary. I’m of Welsh blood, on my father’s side, and I lived in Wales for 10 years in my 30s, and I love Welsh people and Wales itself, and so I chose St David’s for my baptism week, and it was wonderful. Gary is an English version of the Welsh name Gareth. I was nearly named Gareth, but my father thought it was ‘too Welshy’. He has no affinity with the land of his father at all, very sad. So I was named Gary, and I have always considered Gareth to be a better version.
Somehow the subject of names cropped up during a phone chat with a brother, and as a result I decided to investigate the meaning of the name Gareth, if indeed it had any. The results were surprising, like much of my history, so I perhaps shouldn’t have been surprised at all.
Here’s what I found:
- Gareth (Gentle, Enclosure, Watchful)
- Gareth although it origin is uncertain there is one line of thought that suggests that Gareth the name has the same route as the Welsh name Geraint. Whilst an other source suggest the the name originate from ‘gwaraidd’ which means civilised.
The Welsh word ‘gwaraidd’ is the best phonetic fit with Gareth, as ‘dd’ is pronounced as ‘th’ in English. So I found a site that gives the full meaning of Welsh words, and here are the results for ‘gwaraidd’:
So my name means ‘gentle, civilised and humane’. I’m not sure how or why my parents decided upon this name, but as it turns out, it perfectly describes my nature. What’s more, there’s another word that fits my character which has a very similar meaning to ‘gwaraidd’, one that appears several times in the bible:
Most people misunderstand the meaning of the word ‘meek’, thinking it means ‘weak’ or ‘feeble’. No, it doesn’t mean that.
Rather than me write an explanation of the word meek, please read this great article, some of which I will copy here. To be meek is to be trusting in Jehovah for everything.
My approach to the world is to use Jehovah and Jesus as guides, I don’t think there’s anything at all any man can teach me that comes anywhere near what I can learn from the Bible. If you try to improve people’s lives, either in your locality, or by writing online, without following their examples, you are wasting your time in my opinion. As time passes, and more and more of the world is led astray, it becomes clear that time is short.
So, don’t waste your time with futile matters, now is the time to call the world to repent of their evil ways. If you don’t currently tithe to God, do it now, and spend the money on a leaflet campaign in your locality, or write something regularly for your local free newspaper. Someone may read it and be saved. That’s what I am about to do, the time for procrastination is now over.