Toward the end of the Sunday service, the Minister asked, “How many of you have forgiven your enemies?”
About 80% of the congregation held up their hands.
The Minister then repeated his question. Everyone responded this time except for one man, an avid golfer named Walter Barnes, who attended church only when the weather was bad.
“Mr. Barnes, it’s obviously not a good morning for golf. It’s good to see you here today. 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?”
“98,” he replied.
The congregation stood up and clapped their hands.
“Oh, Mr. Barnes, would you please come down in front and tell us all how a person can live 98 years and not have an enemy in the world?” the Minister asked.
The old golfer tottered down the aisle, stopped in front of the pulpit, turned around, faced the congregation and said simply, “I outlived all the S.O.Bs.”
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