Toward the end of the Sunday service, the Pastor asked, "How many of you
have forgiven your enemies?"
80% held up their hands. The Pastor then repeated his question. All
responded this time, except one man, Walter Barnes.
"Mr. Barnes, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?"
"I don't have any," he replied gruffly.
"Mr. Barnes, that is very unusual. How old are you?"
"Eighty-Six," he replied. The congregation stood up and clapped their
"Oh, Mr. Barnes, would you please come down in front and tell us all how a
person can live eighty six years and not have an enemy in the world?"
The old soldier tottered down the aisle, stopped in front of the pulpit,
turned around, faced the congregation, and said simply,
"I outlived all those jerks" - and he calmly returned to his seat.