Family Movie Devotionals: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Hiccup is the dragon rider of the Night Fury, one of the most powerful dragons there is. He leads armies into battle. And by the end of the movie, he is the chief of Berk. Hiccup also has a disability. After losing his leg in the first movie, Hiccup now has a prosthetic. Even his dragon is injured and needs help to fly. But these challenges didn’t stop Hiccup and Toothless from being the heroes and the leaders they needed to be. In fact, their disabilities actually helped them. The same is true in God’s Kingdom.

Nobody is perfect. We all have different challenges, weaknesses, and limits to our abilities. Maybe you don’t look or talk the same way as others. Maybe you feel sad a lot or have trouble concentrating in school. Maybe you’re not a talented singer, athlete, or artist. That’s okay! God made us all to have different gifts and different limits. In the Bible, God always uses people who had issues to do amazing things. Moses had trouble talking—he had a stutter (Exodus 4:10)—but God still used him to lead the slaves out of Egypt. King David had emotional problems—he was sad and angry a lot (Psalm 88)—but God made him a great king, and said David’s heart was a lot like His own. Paul had an issue too that he called the thorn in the flesh. Even though we don’t know what that issue was, we know it made Paul very weak. But Paul didn't use this thorn in his flesh as an excuse to stop doing God’s work. In fact, he thanked God for it. 2 Corinthians 12 says “I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Our weaknesses actually make us better followers of Christ because they force us to use God’s strength and not our own. Just like Toothless needed Hiccup’s help to fly, we need God’s help to live. But unlike Hiccup, God has no weaknesses. He is perfect, so we can fully trust Him when we need help.

  • What weaknesses or limits do you have?
  • How can God use those for God's good?

About Family Movie Devotionals

These devotionals are resources you can use to teach your kids about Jesus! Movies have a unique ability to connect to and influence children, and we want to use this to advance God's Kingdom. These are designed for you to read with your children after you watch the movie. We pray these will be used to teach children in fun ways that they can easily understand. We hand these out at our monthly Community Movie Nights, where we show a free family-friendly movie (see our events page for upcoming dates).