THE STORY OF A BLESSED MAN: ‘BIG GEORGE’ FOREMAN

Yesterday in the news, I saw a very recent picture of former world heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist, George Foreman. He was looking really well and I thanked God once again for his life. I think he’s a good example of a man blessed by God.

Big George, as he is called, appears to be in excellent health at 69. In fact, in October last year, he challenged actor and film maker, Steven Seagal (who has a martial arts background), to a 10-round no-holds barred fight in Las Vegas. Haha! He has a very impressive boxing record, retiring in 1997 (after 76 wins, 66 of them knockouts, and 5 losses) and retains the record of having the oldest retirement age in the sport (48). However, most of his net worth of $300 million does not come from boxing.

Big George is an accomplished author although he dropped out of school in the ninth grade (at the age of 15). He has written five popular books on his life, healthy food recipes and motivation like George Foreman’s Guide to Life: How to Get Up Off the Canvas When Life Knocks You published in 2003 by Simon & Schuster. He certainly knows about that having fought and been defeated by such boxing greats as Muhammad Ali (Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1974 and Evander Holyfield in 1991. He has also co-authored five books, including his 2007 God in My Corner: A Spiritual Memoir, written with Ken Abraham and published by Thomas Nelson.

Big George, who was dubbed hostile by the press during his boxing career, is now a TV personality. Ironically, he even starred as a retired actor in a comedy show named George on ABC that aired briefly between 1993 and 1994. He has so many credits from appearances and roles he has played in TV shows, his current gig being the reality TV show, Better Late than Never, on NBC. In it, he and four other celebrities tour some cities without the trappings of wealth in a manner reminiscent of the 2007 movie, Bucket List, which starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.


George Foreman with his title belts

But the highlight of Big George’s story for me is his spiritual turnaround in 1977. He had just been beaten by Jimmy Young in a bout at Puerto Rico and became so ill after the fight from a combination of exhaustion and heatstroke that he nearly died. He believes he found himself in hell and God heeded his pleas and pulled him back. Thereafter, he became a born again Christian and started preaching on the streets. He was subsequently ordained a gospel minister and for a decade, he stayed away from boxing and focused on ministry. He has been pastoring a pentecostal church, Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, in his hime town, Houston, since 1980. He also runs the George Foreman Youth and Community Center there.

Big George has gone down the road of most celebrities in his married life: he’s been married five times. But he hasn’t been impoverished by the payment of alimony and costly divorce settlements. Furthermore, he has not been sunk by other vices that plague many people living in the public glare like gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse and run-ins with the law.

Rather, his entrepreneurial spirit has had him making money from endorsements, notably the Salton Inc. grill named after him from which he is said to have earned nearly $200 million, both from his initial 45 percent of profit from sales after expenses, millions of dollars for TV appearances and a reported $137.5million payout to use his name forever. It has been dubbed one of the most lucrative deals in sporting history, perhaps second only to Michael Jordan’s Nike endorsement in 1984. Big George also earns a tidy bit from his many speaking engagements.

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Another thing that has endeared Big George to me is his patriotic stance and open support for President Donald Trump when many celebrities and athletes are doing the opposite. I feel disgusted by the level of insults heaped on Trump by some US citizens and the leftist, mainstream media; the disrespect shown to the American flag, people in uniform and the paranoia over Trump’s desire to make America great again. #MAGA

In spite of his shortcomings and he does have many, Trump deserves better treatment by virtue of the office he occupies. Besides, he’s delivering on his campaign promises, reducing unemployment for all races and improving the US economy. But the media have whipped some segments of the American public into such a frenzy that they not only hate Trump, they go after anyone who voices support for him, as though everyone should be on the same side of the political spectrum. (Note that Big George is a Democrat.)

So, I am glad that Big George is courageous enough to open state his views in the prevailing circumstances. For instance, in August 2017, Big George condemned the NFL athletes kneeling when the US national anthem was played and commended Trump’s work as president. According to a Washington Times report, Big George said, “I love the United States.” Way to go, pastor! He also said of Trump: “He’s a good president. A lot of people don’t like him, but evidently more do.” In that report, Big George recalled with gratitude how Trump’s promotion of the 1991 fight between him and Holyfield pulled him out of bankruptcy.

And yesterday, he praised Trump’s posthumous pardon of boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, who was wrongly convicted by an all-white jury in 1913. (The charge was transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes” contrary to the Mann Act. Wow!) This pardon had been campaigned for by different prominent people like Senator John McCain and actor-director, Sylvester Stallone, over a long period but previous presidents, including America’s first black president, Barack Obama, failed to grant it.

Big George stays away from the histrionics regarding race in America. As he once said, “I’m not a black man or a white man or anything else. All I’ve ever been was an American.” What an admirable thing to say! And in spite of his many marriages, he maintains a close relationship with his 12 children declaring that, “You may have an ex-wife or an ex-husband, but you can never have ex-children.”

God in the picture can really make a lot of difference in a person’s life as Big George testifies in his Christian broadcast appearances. It is not usually when we are riding the crest of success that we seek God but when we are in dire straits. This was Big George’s experience too and, to the glory of God, he has maintained his faith and service to God even with the success that has come his way.

To wrap up this post, here are some inspirational quotes from George Foreman’s extensive reservoir:

“Filling a need is not merely good business; it’s a basic attitude towards life. If you see a need, do whatever you can to meet that need.”

“I tell my kids … you’re not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest … but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a treasure.”

“So many of us have … peolple we really care about, and the only time we show affection is when they are gone. I have preached at funerals and you see loved ones who didn’t even say hello to dear ones when they were alive. Give them hugs, kisses while they are alive and need it.”

“In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn’t have any fear. … No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.”
(Ali was the first boxer to defeat Foreman.)

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“You have to keep your goal in mind and never lose sight of it. I envisioned myself winning the heavyweight title for ten years before I actually captured it.”

“I don’t even think about a retirement program because I’m working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even though the Lord’s pay isn’t very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.”

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Sources: Fox News, TV Guide, Washington Times, New York Times, CNBC, Wikipedia, AZ Quotes, Brainy Quote, The Famous People

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Hope you enjoyed this post. What aspect of George Foreman’s story impressed you?

Which other retired athlete have you been inspired by following his or her life? Care to share what it is about them that has motivated you? 

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202 thoughts on “THE STORY OF A BLESSED MAN: ‘BIG GEORGE’ FOREMAN

  1. Wow! Edith, it’s so refreshing to see you’ve written a tribute to George Foreman, recognizing and praising Him for being a godly man in priority before his boxing career. So often we hear about Mike Tyson instead, and I still cannot believe his fights are still being promoted, as I feel he should have been banned forever from boxing after assaulting another competitor in such a rash, evil display of aggression. I believe George Forenan would be so honored to read your blog post! Like you, I am thankful that there are some celebrities who do want to make America great again with God at the center. President Trump is by far not perfect, but what gives me hope is that he has accepted Christ, and now has the Holy Spirit to guide him in the areas where he needs to grow… which are many (Aren’t there many for us all?). But What Trump IS doing so very right, is inviting God back into America, which is the only way it could ever become great again! There are many, many disrespectful Americans here. It’s embarrassing. But there are also many of us who love our country as it once was, and what it was founded on… GOD! May God bless you, Edith, along with George Foreman, Donald Trump, and Nigeria; in Jesus’ name… and… May God bless America! Thank you for writing this great piece! Love you, beautiful one! ❤️️

    • Delighted to hear from you, Angela! God bless you and your family too, my dear. May He grant wisdom to your president and help him overcame every challenge in his way to making America honour God, stay safe and be prosperous in Jesus’ name. ?

  2. Life is in stages: the stage of hardship/challenges, ministrations and victory. The story of George Foreman is an inspirational story to learn from. One may ask, “Why am i suffering hardship? Why can’t God change my story?” But I tell u everything happens for a reason, the reason best known to God and it’s only ur faith that helps u to acknowledge that reason because what consumes ur mind controls ur life. Fear can never lead us to our destination but rather the grace of God which is the grace to prosper.

    • Very true, Victor! But we need to know that prosperity in God’s eyes is not just having money but wholeness of body, soul and spirit so that we can be useful to God and our fellow human beings.

  3. Nice piece ma. George Foreman has seen both sides of life but his faith in God is preferable. I love his quotes especially the one that stated that being nice is a treasure. Bless u ma.

  4. Interesting story MA….. Foreman George has experienced both sides of life, he has a strong faith in God. Being nice is really a treasure

  5. You know experience sometimes helps us shape our decisions. Big George is one person I really like cos he is outspoken and he sure doesn’t follow the crowd. While other celebrities are against Trump, he sees his good side. Men like him are what the world needs now.

  6. Experience is a very big tool which tends to direct humans on paths which are moral. Experience in fact has led many people to a changed life. The story of George Foreman is very inspiring. Six divorces and his money still intact? God has planted something big in him to impact on the lives of people. Maybe like Saul(Paul) God uses experiences to draw us closer to him and fulfill our purpose.

  7. this is all I need at present …..something that will uplift my spirit ”motivation” but I doubt if faithfulness to God is the key to his success

  8. Indeed George Foreman is a man with foresight and an excellent spirit. Others see Trump as a failure and an unpatriotic leader, but him (George Foreman) sees Trump’s good works and Trump’s fighting spirit to make America a place for all races.

    I really admire his decision of continuously being on track with God irrespective of the low material outcome or means of living as he said. He believes that God has done enough for him to stay connected to God.

  9. The life of Big George is the kind we can really learn something from. It’s always good to be God-fearing in life. Thanks so much, ma.

  10. George is a very successful man but note that his end days are out of this world because God is involved.

  11. Wow.. George’s life is indeed a story to learn from. No matter what happens, you can be the best. Just make up your mind.

  12. God can use anyone for his work..whether big or small.. George foreman in the story would never had thought God would pick him for his ministerial work..he was faced with two options God &his occupation coupled with the fame ..but he made the right choice which he would never regret.

  13. This is a soft news format!!! I can recognise some of the requirements therein, but i must say, it’s a nice peice and i especially love the growth of George both financially and spiritually.

  14. George, even as a ninth grade drop out at age fifteen, has changed history. Strong and healthy even in old age. He is multi talented and still has his feet rooted in Christ. What great deal of determination.

  15. Ive never really had such a deep insight into the life of this great legend( thanks so much for that) and i’m so glad to know he did it all with God by his side.God truly never abandons us

  16. Big George is really an inspiration to me now,Thank you very much ma.It has also taught me to include God in all that i do regardless of how insignificant it might seem

  17. Sometimes, just knowing that people we see as mentors had challenges and surpassed them is all the encouragement we need and brings to mind that God takes us however we come. truly inspiring, well done ma. i for one am motivated.

  18. This post inspired me. I was thinking of how great I can be if I work harder and God by my side. Thank you ma for this post.

  19. Big George’s story is an inspiring one, I have come to know that it is never too late for God to change one’s life.

  20. I’m inspired by his faith, the way he still believes in God and preaches the gospel despite his marital problems.

  21. I really envy so many things about this guy, starting from the way he placed God first over his career, his level of patriotism, the various works he has written and so on.
    I’m really touched and believe from his story that I can do better.
    Thanks, Ma, for this post.

  22. It is good to be a patriotic citizen of your country no matter what other people around you may feel about you. Thank you Ma

  23. Of all the posts I have read so far on this blog, this is the most interesting because this man made me believe in myself, to take courage and serve God truthfully. God has really blessed Big George.

  24. The creator (GOD) has his awesome ways of appointing his ministers. It is really a thing of joy that George Foreman ascribes much respect to his Creditor in his life activity. That is why I say ‘he with God is majority’. George Foreman, a man worthy to be emulated…

  25. George Foreman is worthy of emulation. In as much as he is a rich man but he still acknowledges God. So interesting that his wealth didn’t vanish when he chose to be a born again. He’s not just a celebrity but also an ambassador of Christ.
    It is also interesting to know that fear is one of the necessities for success.

  26. This man should be an example to the youths of this present generation. We need to stand with honesty in everything we do in the society

  27. This is inspiring even with his fame and past life, he still turned back to God and is preaching the gospel.

  28. George Foreman is really a legend for youths to emulate. the place that impressed me is where he had no fear for Ali but he lost the game. even when you think that your faith is strong enough but your prayers are not answered. just continue praying your time is coming don’t give up. thank you ma for this

  29. Chaiiii! This post is too emotional. God’s way is so different from the ways of man. Despite his fame, the big George humbly accepted the call into ministry. May the Lord Jesus Christ who has called him continue to be his strength in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

  30. God uses so many people to spread the Gospel just as he did with George in 1977.George never discriminated himself from the whites, and he strongly supported Donald Trump while others condemned him. This is a good thing to do

  31. This post is really inspirational.Big George Foreman was God fearing which led him to the right path of life. Experience is indeed the best teacher

  32. 12 children! Thats quite a number.george foreman’s type if i must say, is way out of this world, failure never pulled him down and there he found christ.

  33. Forman is a man to be admired. It is good that he did not allow his fame to tamper with his spirituality. I also thing he should do something about his marriage life.

  34. Thank God for Mr George who in spit of all his Worth, integrity and influence. served God with all humility, unlike some men in our society today, George’s behaviour is worthy of emulation

  35. This is really a story that touches the heart ,because I am really touched by this. God knows how to get people to serve Him. No matter how fast we run, when God arrest somebody, the person will have no choice than to surrender. If God had not waited for him on his sick bed, who knows if would have served God all his life.
    I see Big George as one who never gives up. Just imagine how he tried for ten years to become the world heavyweight man… It is really a lesson to us.

  36. This story is quite inspiring. Being in d Lord is d best thing one should long for in dz world… If you have God, you have everything. George Foreman’s life is worth emulating, he is indeed a Legend. I luv this story!!!!!

  37. Nice story. This goes a long way to show that not everything we have will last forever and we never know what God is planning for us. From a fighter to a pastor, what a transformation

  38. one of my favorite quotes of Big George is, “I get up every morning looking for an adventure”. these words push me daily and get me going.

  39. George Foreman is the definition of a strong man, his faith kept him moving, even when things seemed bad. Kudos sir, you are a muse.

  40. His life is really good one to lean from, he is a man that stand on what he believed to be truth, he don’t compromise for people to like him,he believed in himself,a courageous man indeed

  41. George Foreman is a very iconic man and the story of his life is the type that motivates a person. His personality is worthy of emulation and I celebrate him.

  42. Its never late in life.once we find out our mistake and work towards correcting it,we see self excelling in life. Always be focused iand keep your goal in mind,work towards it and rule your world.life is faced lots of challenge, setbacks and lapses but one can overcome it with God in his side. his experience is of a converted man who can actually say”in deed am saved by his grace”.it’s God that converted and his conversion brought peace to his life. His indeed a success and teacher to people who will learn from him and follow his footsteps.

  43. This is really an interesting life story. But as i have always believed that a wise man is that which have seen and experienced the two phase of life. I thank the Lord for his steadfast love in George’s life.

  44. I like him because has been knocked out several times and still he rose fearlessly to fight. He never allowed his defeat to darkly cloud his vision of becoming a victor. I appreciate his exceptional view about life, the love he has for his country and his willingness to speak the truth, even in the midst of falsehood. Also, I like the fact that he sees goodness, beauty and hope in everyone, even in Donald Trump, the president. I greatly thank the Lord for showing him mercy at the point of death and giving him a second chance.

  45. This is really a story that touches the heart, God knows how to get people to serve Him. No matter how fast we run, when God arrest somebody, the person will have no choice than to surrender. I see Big George as one who never gives up. Just imagine how he tried for ten years to become the world heavyweight man… It is really a lesson to us.

  46. George Foreman like many other former athletes around the world today continue to be an inspiration with his remarkable story. One of the things that strikes me most is not his many winnings and title belts or mind boggling net worth. It is simply that he is nice and has a strong faith in the Lord which he is not ashamed to profess, which is rare to find nowadays.

  47. Wow! What a great write-up about George Foreman.who was able to combine his career and more especially God. He never surrenders, but always determined to achieve something great with the help of God.really nice !

  48. This is really a great story about this brave man George Foreman. Truly,God has his divine ways of effecting positive changes in our life. George Foreman is really a great and blessed man who now involves God in his activities and has made God his primus inter Perez in everything he does. Thanks ma,this really a great story I must say.

  49. God can use anyone,anybody tremendously to propagate his work.the story of George encourages we the youth never to give up.never say never.we should never give up until our last attempt and never make our last attempt in life until we succeed.

  50. He is really a blessed man
    When God says yes in your life no Jupiter( man) can say no
    Really inspired
    Thank you ma

  51. To be great in life one falls and rise that doesn’t mean one have to give up, determination is the key to greatness. George is a man whose foot steps should be followed.

  52. Amazing! He is a wise man as he didn’t put his eggs in one basket. By this I mean that he didn’t invest all of his time, strength and energy in boxing. He did other things. He is a caring man. Nowadays, most family men do not care about their ex-wives’ children. Also, the fact that he is supporting Donald Trump simply explains how different he is from most celebrities. He is a living testimony.

  53. we should follow the way of George such that after he retired in boxing, he never stop believing and trusting God. i am grateful to God for all the post he has given to us through you, may He lead you to the end.

  54. This is what I always tell people,”no matter what you have achieved in life and you don’t cherish God, time shall come when you will look up in heaven to honour the creator of heaven and earth”.no matter what you have achieved in life, don’t forget the story of Nebuchadnezzer king of babylon.

  55. this is a wonderful one. I’ve never heard of Big George before and I never knew who he was but from this tribute i can see he is a wonderful man. I never knew that leaving aside my regular fictional novels would be a breath of fresh air.

  56. Now this is a story that everybody should be reading. George Foreman’s tale is an inspiration to people who are almost at the brink of giving up on their dreams. It is also a wake up call to everyone who does not believe in second chances

    Everybody has a chance at redemption, all you have to do is to permit the Lord to pull you back from Hell and take you to the haven you belong to

  57. this is a very good story especially for our young youths whom haven’t seen anything in the world but are planning on giving up with out giving it a first try i love the fact that he doesn’t give up on GOD and his leaders

  58. Woah! George Foreman is an Olympic gold medalist, former heavy weight boxing champion, father and now Pastor. Only God can give grace and redemption. This is a really inspiring story. May God continue to make him great and may he be an inspiration to others.

  59. We should try to follow the decision George made. After all the hard times he passed through, he still stands for God by doing his will.

  60. God can use anybody at any age.George freeman life is an example for youth to follow.A fervent,devoted,committed hardworking and godly fellow.A life well spent.The youth of this generation should embrace God at their youthful age and work very hard to achieve their goals and dreams.

  61. God has so many ways of calling us back to himself. It doesn’t matter what you have done in your past life. George foreman is a living testimony, even thou he was a greate achiever in the world of boxing and won several tournaments. But God visited him like he did to Paul on his way to Damascus. Today the former boxing champion George foreman a minister of God spreading the good news.

  62. God has so many ways of calling us back to himself. It doesn’t matter what you have done in your past life. Gorge foreman is a living testimony. he was a great achiever in the world of boxing and won several tournaments, but God visited him. Today former boxing champion George foreman is now a true minister of God spreading the good news.

  63. I admire his courage of not giving up even when he was defeated. We as youth and adults should also learn not to accept defeat, instead we should rise to our feet and move ahead. Sometimes, failure may try to you out but do not fall to its defeat, get to feet and fight it. Because in Christ we live and have our being. And anyone in Christ has every thing. So, we should strive to walk with God in our prime and He will surely assure us of success.

  64. This is really challenging
    Failure is really jxt a stepping stone to soar
    Determination also brings great achievement

  65. Wow George foreman is an Olympics gold medalist and a former heavyweight boxer, so happy to read this article about his life history.There’s something i noticed right from my childhood God will never forsake he’s children expect if you don’t worship him with all sincerity but if you do surely he must crown your efforts with success

  66. George foreman is an amazing personality, a heavy weight boxing champion not just that God arrested him he is doing well winning souls for christ more Grace to him as he continues his purpose on earth.

  67. One thing I admire about Big George is his attitude towards things and this could be seen from his view about Trump.

  68. I really love all of his quotes especially the one about being neither white nor black. If everyone thinks like this, the world would be way better… I admire George’s courage n the fear of God in him.

  69. From knocking people down to knocking the word of God into souls, really a way to go for “the hitman”foreman .a rugged fighter in his hay days and a vibrant man of God.the glory of the latter is greater then the former endevouers

  70. George Foreman really looks like a nice man from the way he has been portrayed. I personally like the fact that he is in support of President Donald Trump, who looks towards the betterment of America. George Foreman’s change to Christianity is also another eye-opener as it shows us how God is willing to give sinners second chances.

  71. George foreman is synonymous to the biblical Saul. He had an encounter with God and his life changed. God is always there to turn our heart to him. You are a greatman: George foreman. This is a nice work ma.

  72. Big George is a man that holds a very high optimistic spirit irrespective of fears. As humans, we are prone to fears but our ability to overcome it indicates our courage and power over it.

  73. There is a mention of vision where George said he saw himself win the heavyweight ten years before he did it. Surely he would not have rested on his laurels (not that there was the title to rest on). He has had to work hard to get to where he is today. Same can be said of Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Ibrahimovich. Bottom line is this: hard work is what successful people do.

  74. One thing I love about Foreman story is the fact that God came into his life and he took that path with his boxing career. You know when God speaks through you, your voice is heard and it goes farther than you can imagine. That makes you an icon and you have a blessing kept for you up there for all the good you do.

  75. As a rich world Champion, Christ tuned him into a believer, poured wisdom in him and that made him active and he’s inspiring lives. Wow. An Icon

  76. There are times of challenges/ hardship, victory and success in everyone’s life but what matters is how we persevere during those times. George Foreman has experienced the both sides of life but his faith in God and attitude to situations is what kept him going.

  77. I like this story because it proves that when you think that God has given up on you then he uplifts you again.

  78. What a strong and wise man he is,truly he has been blessed by God but one thing I admire is his persistence and willingness to serve God despite his reputation ND achievement.And God is truly a merciful father,so quick to forgive and to bring us back to his bossom….

  79. Through this post, we’re made to understand that success is nothing without God the author of success. In spite of the fame and good health, it’s wouldn’t have been beneficial to him if he hadn’t met God.

  80. I love his belief in working for your success without fear..he said, “you have ex-wife but you can’t have ex-children..he creates time for his children ..and his love for God is challenging.

  81. Cool story. “Filling a need is not merely good business; it’s a basic attitude towards life. If you see a need, do whatever you can to meet that need”. This quote really got to me. He’s blessed indeed

  82. Although George foreman had ex-wife but never had ex-children….this is so impressive. His faith as a believer and also the way he supported Donald Trump when others were doing the reverse is a courageous something. Again even though he dropped out of school he still wrote books. All these by Gods grace. I bless the name of the lord for the life of George foreman.

  83. One thing clear is that God has come for the sinners not actually for the righteous and when he is in need of a man; he makes a way….George as a great man wouldn’t have been beaten by Ali but God actually want it to be the reason for his soul to be captured.

  84. God can use anyone for his work..whether big or small no matter what or who you’re are.. George foreman in the story would never had thought God would pick him for his ministerial work..he was faced with two options God &his occupation coupled with the fame ..but he made the right choice which he would never regret.this is very inspirational

  85. I am inspired, it’s so reviving to see you’ve composed a tribute to George Foreman, perceiving and commending him for being a godly man…thank you

  86. May God bless you, MA, alongside George Foreman, Donald Trump, and children of God everywhere….unlike Obama who promoted gay right and helped Buhari to defeat Jonathan,Trump is different

  87. The life of George Foreman is an inspiring story to gain from.
    George foreman has seen everything. However, his confidence in God is his strength

  88. The story of George Foreman is extremely motivating. God has planted something significant in him ….if God can use George Foreman despite his marital failures,then he can use anybody

  89. WOW!! George Foreman is a man with prescience and a phenomenal soul. I truly respect his choice of health living, godliness and political affiliations, but I feel sad about that fact that he couldn’t live with any of his wife

  90. The story is touching, like George it is good we acknowledge God in all we do be he keeps changing the lives of people. I admired the way he put God first, finished his vocation, his level of patriotism,and moral choice.

  91. Big George is truly a blessed man, he is a great man. Am glad because I learnt a lot from his story especially the part he said “you might not be the tallest, finest, fastest, but you can be the nicest human being someone has ever met. The quote is very simple but wonderful like I love the quote. Thank you Ma for this post and may God bless you. You probably don’t know what that quote has added to my life today. Once again thank you.

  92. George is a great man man indeed I was drawn by his patriotism to his country,his love for his children though from different mothers and the words of wisdom and mostly his contends in doing the work of God even if he doesn’t pay well I am inspired by his story. Truly

  93. Having confirmed that this is really a true life story, I must say that I’m proud of George foreman for his miraculous turn around. In today’s modern language trend, he deserves some accolades. It takes only the grace of God for a man to make such a tremendous change for the better. George foreman is truly a blessed man.

  94. It takes only the grace of God for a man to make such a tremendous change for the better. I believe this should serve as a wake up call to everyone who does not believe in second chances, such a lovely piece

  95. This post is very inspiring. Foreman’s story is evidence of the wonders God can work in your life if you put him first in everything you do, and the joy derived from serving Him (God)

  96. It’s nice to see that someone who has tasted both sides of life decides to go in the way of the lord. His love for God is overwhelming also is the love for his nation and it’s leader. This should serve as a lesson to both old and young. Big ups Aunty Edith and big George!

  97. What an inspirational post!….life is not just all about being rich,being powerful or being popular ..it’s about being humble and being confident in God!

  98. Sir your words are quite encouraging, the joy of Lord is your strength.your integrity is imperative in our society. thanks for your words.

  99. George has proved beyond reasonable doubt that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It’s really amazing how the words of the prophet Isaiah comes to play in his life. Isaiah 40:31
    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall walk and not faint. His truly a mentor worth emulation in his quest for God.

  100. George foreman’s story is one to learn from. The fact that he fulfilled his promise to God by becoming his messenger, is something thing a lot of people have to learn today.

  101. Life offer us both the good and the bad side of it just to propell us to make essential use of them and to learn from them too. God is the solution to every problem, we face in life,one with God is majority. That is the story of George foreman,it is an inspiring one.

  102. Personally, I’m not a fan of the “fist men”
    But George Foreman’s story, now that’s something!
    It’s most interesting to find that as a high school dropout, he’s authored books!!
    Good standard and legacy for young people.

  103. Wow!Ma,am really inspired and motivated…. truly with God by your side you can achieve many things,all you need to do is to believe and trust him.God bless you ma!

  104. Wow!Ma,am really inspired and motivated….truly with God by your side you can achieve so many things in life,all you need to do is to believe and have faith in him.God bless you Ma

  105. “you are not going to be the tallest, fastest, pretties but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life” this part of the story inspires me. I see big George as an inspiration to people.

  106. This story is just proof that whenever you run to God he is ever ready to take you in. Very inspiring.

  107. Just like one of your post on guilty or fully pardoned. Thank God for mercy that brought him out of hell.and today he has reconciled all his errors and now great in all aspect of life

  108. This is really inspirational.. His ability to learn from every of his challenges is worth emulating. I like the fact that God is his number 1..his story is a must read for youths

  109. Wow, indeed one with God is Majority. As my pastor would always say, the realm of the spirit is very legalistic when you honour God, heaven will most definitely honour you. It is so inspIrving to know that a man of great prestige like George Foreman would abandon his career for a decade, to focus on the sheep God has given him. And we can all see that God didn’t let him down. For those out there, you can gain the whole world, but without God you are heading no where. Awesome tribute ma’am, keep up the good work.

  110. I am really inspired by this post, it shows that anybody can be reconciled to christ and serve him, i like the fact that George helps to motivate people through his books

  111. Nice write up ma. All we have to know as humans is that in everything we do we should always remember that there is a living one up there who has our life all plan out. George foreman is really a legend to emulate.

  112. God can work wonders through different People at any point in time at times we can be too busy for even matters that concern God we dedicate most of our time to worldy things and tend to forget God before he created us he has made plans for us and knows the future and what it holds…we should never forget that…it was really inspiring ma

  113. What really marvels me is that no matter which path you are taking, no matter how big or small you are when God wants to use you you cant escape from it. George foreman must not have envisioned himself in the direction he is today. What a mughty God we serve.

  114. This is a reminder to us all that our Heavenly Father is always there with open arms ready to welcome us when we change our ways and turn to him, nice one MA, God bless u

  115. this is a very wonderful and inspiring piece,its the direct opposite of what i normally see boxers and wrestlers to be, Big George surly deserves some accolades, if not for any other thing but for the fact that he is rooted in Christ. A minister for that matter! Well done Ma

  116. George foreman is a very dedicated child of God, he abandoned his career and wealth just to have the full concentration of serving God fully. This post teaches us that money is not everything put God first in whatever you do in life.

  117. Wow.. His story is an awesome and inspiring one.. Sometimes it’s hard to discover God’s plan for us but then when we do, life becomes easy

  118. This post is inspiring God can take us anywhere in life and we also have to work hard to achieve Gods plan for us.

  119. God can really use anybody no matter the age. George’s life story for me should be dedicated to those who think they can never achieve anything in life. The story is really an inspirational one.

  120. I am so encouraged by the life story of George foreman.the story reminds me of Proverbs 3:6 that says:
    In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight..What a blessed man!!!

  121. That is the Lord’s doing. When God wants to favour someone, he doesn’t look at your weakness or your background. I envy his favour.

  122. Wow, this was a really refreshing tribute. It has touched me in many ways and I have been encouraged. I am grateful, ma.

  123. George Foreman is an epitome of good courage. His faith in God kept him striving even when life proved very difficult.

  124. Wow!! God can really use people in various amazing ways like George foreman for instance who thought he could achieve nothing but later ended up being more great than he could ever dream of. But always keep on acknowledging God in all your paths and he would make you great

  125. George’s life is indeed a testimony. I’m persuaded that when one recieves Jesus into his life; there must be a turn around

  126. This story is indeed inspiring.George is someone that stands out, he stands on what he says. He is an example to those who fail once and give up. George never gave up, coupled with the fact that he drop out of school didn’t stop him from achieving his dreams and making it in life. To crown it all up he is a believer.

  127. George foreman has seen or come to realize the fact that without God he is empty. It is often said that experience is the best teacher. I really like George foreman because he don’t follow the crowd to do what other celebrities are doing against there president trump. George always see the good side of trump, he is a good citizen of USA. I also love his quote especially the one that stated that ” you have to keep your goal in mind and never loss sight of it. I envision myself winning the heavyweight title for ten years before I actually captured it.” It keeps me going with me goals and dreams in life.

  128. A successful man is not one that makes money through illegal means but is one that makes money through the help of god success is not all about money making money that will last.
    Most young people nowadays seem to want to make money the fast way and the forget everything about god they are looking for the easy way out .
    So they involve themselves in things like yahoo, stealing and evil things like that.
    People should learn that in life there are two stages the stage of hard work and stage of bountiful ripping you cannot reap bountifully if you do not work.

  129. Experience they say is the best teacher. George foreman saw many faces of life..Although he was a ninth grade drop out at the age of fifteen, he still struggled to be successful. Hard work pays indeed. I have been encouraged by this post to strive harder in all my endeavours . Thank you very much ma. God bless.

  130. A man filled with devotion,courage, drive and determination.we the youth should drag and emulate the good things from this man.Be open to God using us.

  131. To be sincere, before this post I don’t know this great man (maybe because am not a fan of boxing).

    But I am really pleased a man like George foreman, that has almost everything, still respects and love God with all he Has. This makes him my admirer.

    Thank you Aunty Edith for this insight.

  132. George foreman is indeed a great man owing to all achievement and his sense of humor . His faith in God kept him striving even when life proved very difficult .

  133. Big man George is an epitome of success and God’s guidance. he is a man filled with devotion, courage, drive and determination. We the youth should drag and emulate the good things from this man We should allow God to use us.God being in our life together with hardwork drives failure.

  134. “When the son of man sets you free, you are free indeed”, congratulations George foreman, you have been counted among the saints.

  135. This story is almost like faith and fame can be friends. I admire George foreman for being aable to stand for the gospel amidst all his achievements.
    When it comes to the area of being vversatile, Foreman was exceedingly versatile:an author, boxer, pastor and even a father etc.
    This sstory gives me the strength to do more

  136. It is not everyday that you see a boxer becoming born again. After reading this, i realized that t he nature of what you do shouldn’t determine who you really are. George Foreman did not let the life of being a celebrity boxer over cloud his values. For him to give his life to Christ, I think God still has a lot on store for him. I am still going to do a research on Big George Foreman. I love this man

  137. Wow! What an inspiration I have got from reading this tribute about Big George Foreman. First, is putting God first in all that I do. Second is conquering my fears, third is the courage to stand and defend the truth in spite of all odd and lastly, keep a goal in mind and never lose sight of it. I am really blessed aunty Edith for this wonderful post. More inspiration to you ma.

  138. You have to keep your goal in mind and never loose sight of it. This particular point struck me. That means i should always refresh my goal so as to maintain the right direction and call myself back if am doing it wrong.
    Am inspired.

  139. This piece is really a challenging one because it will motivate the heart that thinks that all hope is lost when there is no one to help. One thing is sure, when we strive to get the best, it will surely come to us.

  140. God never forsake his people. We should remember God always even in our riches because he is the one that blessed us. We must have a good communication with our maker and shouldn’t allow pride to hinder us from fellowshipping with our maker.

  141. Thanks ma for this motivational piece. The story of big George Foreman is inspiring, as much as he dropped out of the school at the age of 15, he never allowed his poor educational background to affect his dreams, his potentials. that’s a very great one.

  142. This is an exceptional piece. It’s refreshing that God is still picking his people from whatever phase of life they may be going through. To think a famous boxer would become a priest is quite encouraging. Thank God for the life of George Foreman.

  143. No matter who you are, your history, your achievements, God can still give you more victory and additional blessings. This man is highly favored and this is the kind of blessings anyone would really want. Bless him

  144. Wow this is wonderful … No matter what bad deeds weve done God is still ready to forgive and accept us back ..and keep us in the right track …

  145. Nothing beats the place of God in a man’s life, and who ever his hand is on will never cease to amaze people, I’m glad he ended up like this as most of the popular ones who ply his line of trade end up miserably ,may God keep him, bless you Ma

  146. What a long read!
    But it’s worth it. I have heard about George Forman before but haven’t taken out time to know who he is, thanks to you, I have an insight.
    A life without God is already a failed life. I admire the fact that he could maintain a healthy relationship with his 12 kids.

  147. The gift of a man they say maketh way for him but in George Foreman’s case, it wont be out of place to state that the gifts of a man maketh way for him. A good boxer and a devoted Christian, why won’t God take care of him. I pray God helps us to always make out time for him no matter the work we do and how tight our schedules are.

  148. Talk about someone worthy of emulation. With all his wealth and fame, Foreman is living a very exemplary life. He has a healthy relationship with his children, he’s a Christian and is very clear on his political views. In as much as it was a long article, it was worth it. It goes to show that you can never be too rich to have time for God, and Foreman is an example.

  149. George Foreman is indeed an example of God’s unending mercy. The part where he was so grateful for God’s kindness to him that he started preaching on the streets is so amazing. He even pastors a church! Now that’s what I call a complete turnaround?. That’s probably why he looks so healthy and robust even at 69. He is so saturated in God that he practically glows. I think he’s a blessed man I could learn a good deal from. Thanks for sharing, aunty.

  150. There are several challenges one faces as Christian and they are known as stages on life, one either comes out victorious or weak. The story of George Foreman is a piece that has enlightened me more. No matter what a Christian goes through, the grace of God which is the grace to prosper is always there. Thank you, ma!

  151. If you have not experienced both sides of life, you will hardly know that God exists. Am happy for George foreman who tested the two sides of the world and decided to follow the right path which is accepting Jesus.

  152. Being nice is a treasure, what a nice quote from George foreman, though he has tested both side of life he still keep up his faith in God, and it latter pays, will not forget this his quote.

  153. Great write-up! love that George Foreman later encountered God and it is evident he didn’t regret doing that. His patriotism for his country is worthy of emulate and i a also like the quote which talked about showing love to people while they are alive. if we all could imbibe that idea into our dealings with people the rates of suicide and depression will be reduced and the world would be a better place.

  154. Interesting story MA….. Foreman George has experienced both sides of life, he has a strong faith in God. Being nice is really a treasure

  155. “I want to tell everyone there is really a living God” BIG GEORGE

    If men “wen don make am fit” acknowledge God, why would a literature student say there is no God.

    I rejoice with big George on this one

  156. Experience has thought me to always say “Our God is Great. The story of Big George today has strengthened me more. His faith in God is a motivation for anyone who comes across this story.

  157. I only heard the name George Foreman, didn’t watch any of his fights though but just happened to love the name. From what you said, I can say he dares to be different from others (adding from his support for Trump, though of the other camp). He looks great for 68, which quickly reminds me of somewhere in the Bible that said ‘..God will renew our strength like the Eagle..’
    I can imagine what he would have been told and what he experienced in those years he took time for Ministry but he still held on, that’s worth emulating.
    His life prior to salvation is common amongst sports men and celebrities. Why? Fame does come with a lot, only the determined can hold still.
    I Love all his quotes you posted especially #5. Thank you.

  158. I haven’t actually watched any of George Freeman’s show but I have heard the name once or twice. It is nice to actually get a view of who he is and what he does. His faith in God is very inspiring and it has really touched me. Nice piece

  159. Personally am inspired by the second quote he gave to his children. Your height, weight, strength should now be what people will know you for but the size of your heart. It pays to be nice. It makes one feel good about him/herself. I am glad that someone with such huge accomplishment knows God. Glory to God. It has rekindled my faith to trust God the more.

  160. He is a good father,raising his kids with strong moral standard “I tell my kids … you’re not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest … but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a treasure.”

  161. I’ve heard of George Foreman the few times my parents talk about boxing in the house,I’ve never tried to know about his life after retirement, but from this post about him,I can see that he only retired and not tired and that is what happens when God is in charge in ones life.
    He is still very strong physically and spiritually, indeed God’s pay is way out of the world.

  162. Foreman is really a legend, even when you think that your faith is strong enough but your prayers are not answered. just continue praying your time is coming don’t give up.

  163. George Foreman is an inspiration. Reading this post really inspired regarding after life. Surely we will die and account for our deeds. Lets make it right now and avoid being a victim of circumstance. Thank you so much Mama for putting thia story along.

  164. George, is really a courageous man who fought fearlessly, even when he was knocked out he still managed to get up. He is a source of inspiration to his generation.

  165. In summary,George foreman’s secret is God.Despite dropping out of school he forged ahead and today he is being celebrated.it can only be God (the hope of a common man) thanks ma’am for the piece.

  166. Look at how handsome and strong he is looking at his age. Indeed,his love for God is paving ways for him.

  167. He story Is inspirational, in whatever he did he put the Lord first, when one humbles himself before the Lord, be shall be lifted by the almighty that is the case of George foreman. He is a inspiration to all.

  168. Should I call it a tribute to a great man. He’s looks quite strong in the picture, though. Posed as though he wants to punch my screen. Lols.

  169. Despite being great George Foreman still maintain a good relationship with God and I believe that we all can learn that from him and stop pursing only for our earthly needs, rather we should blend it by seeking God’s will too.

  170. I like especially the fact that he is able to balance his career with the service of God. His career is the type that many find hard to engage in while being a good christian. His words are quite encouraging, inspirational especially his words to his children.

  171. Thanks a lot MA for this inspirational story of George foreman, am really blessed by the story. It really hard to find an american athletic who is so close to God as George is, his life should be an example to young upcoming athletes. Am really glad by the fact that he is also carrying his children along especially after the second chance God has given to him. I am really moved with the love he has for his country and also the president Donald Trump(who most people despise) am really surprise with the fact to know that he is a born again, l really bless God for his life. There are lots of lessons to learn from this post and am really glad I came in contact with these story of George foreman.

  172. 10 years a baptist Church Pastor, A Boxer, Wow inspiring story. Challenges in Life are to prepare us for the Future. George Foreman is an example to Youths out there who desire to do great things for God.

  173. It’s so amazing how ones life changes because of just one encounter. Big ups to the great legend for living a life worth emulation.

  174. Big George story is very inspiring.reading this post really inspired me and I learnt that giving up is never the answer to any of our problems.

  175. It is always good to know your dream in life.
    Always be focused and keep it in mind,work towards it and rule your world. Challenge, setbacks and lapses will come up but one can overcome it with God on his side.

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