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What ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ taught me about God’s love —

By Liz Morgan

When I took my 7-year-old to see “How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World” for his birthday, I didn’t expect to have a lesson in God’s love.

Without spoiling the show for you and your little viewers, I’ll say the end brought a couple of tears and smiles to our family’s faces. And as a mom who is always on the lookout for opportunities to relate experiences back to Jesus, this movie actually impacted me with the message that “true love is selfless.” That’s one of the core themes throughout the movie, and I couldn’t help but think about our relationship with God through the lens of the characters on the screen.


When you love someone so much, you want to be near them constantly. You want them all to yourself, all the time. Dare I say that this is a selfish kind of love ...


I found myself wondering what it would look like if I removed my feelings from the situation and looked at the people I love so deeply from an unselfish point of view. What would show them love the best? What would love look like if I remove how their presence makes ME feel and feeds MY soul and instead focus on how MY presence can feed THEM?


We consider the love of God to be as a Father as the Scripture says – and also because we can understand the power of a parent’s love. But how do we serve and reflect that kind of love to our kids?


Being intentional to love another and serve your loved ones may not always meet YOUR needs or desires – but that’s what love is! True love means putting aside YOU and focusing on THEM.


True love is selfless. And God showed that to us through the ultimate example of giving up His son for us.


Next time you are near a loved one – a parent, child, friend or pet dragon – stop and ask yourself: “Are my actions serving THEM or ME?” The answer will help you learn how to love them – and TRAIN them – selflessly.


CIY2017-Color-4.jpgLiz Morgan is a program administrator for CIY and mother of three. To contact Liz, please email