to use our participation in the sport of triathlon
to honor God, glorify Jesus, and love others
The Tri4Him Mission and TriLife Metaphor include two perspectives — spiritual and physical.
The spiritual part of our mission is found in Ephesians 4:12-13.
To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
The physical part mirrors the spiritual.
To educate, equip, and train a community of Christ-following triathletes for competition, so that the community may be enriched to the point that its members are united in their shared purpose, mutual support, and in their understanding of triathlon and become transformed athletes, realizing the utmost of their athletic potential…to make every race a personal victory!
If you’re a triathlete who wants to tri 4 Him as you train and compete in triathlons (and in life), we welcome you to join us. Tri4Him and the TriDot System were created to support you as you run your race. Tri4Him members bring our organization to life with their arms, legs, and especially their hearts.
What does Tri’ing 4 Him look like? Here’s a start…
1) Honor God
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.”
—1 Corinthians 9:24-26
In whatever you do, do it the glory of God by giving it your all. Realize as much of your full potential as possible (relative to your commitment to triathlon—time and money available). Glorify God with your effort, your attitude, your discipline, your growth, and so on. Keeping an eternal perspective and your priorities in order, give your best in every pursuit. God is honored when we give our best and trust Him for the results. Leave it all out there in both training and on race day and don’t hold anything back. Praise Him despite the outcome.
2) Glorify Jesus Christ
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
—1 Timothy 4:8
“…let us run with endurance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
As you are transformed physically as a triathlete, don’t let it diminish your ongoing spiritual transformation. Fix your eyes on Jesus, and keep your relationship with Him as your highest priority. As you live out your faith in triathlon and life, don’t settle for being a covert Christian blending into the woodwork of society. In boldness and humility, live for Christ out loud. Let your life be a celebration of His love for you!
3) Love Others
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
There’s a thousand ways we can love others through our participation in triathlon. This is the primary purpose for the Tri4Him Community. We encourage you to use the community for all it’s worth. Invest in others with prayer, support, encouragement, mentoring, and friendship. And if you are in need of these things, we pray that you’ll find them through Tri4Him.