Giving Yourself Permission to Rest with Curtis Zackery

Because of how our culture operates, we create internal requirements of ourselves for things that are not actually required.

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It’s officially summer! This time of year is supposed to be a time of rest with family vacations, winding down, and slower rhythms. However, people often struggle to allow themselves to rest and instead try to squeeze every last bit of “productivity” out of the summer months. Before we fill our calendars with sporting events, vacations, and pool parties, we are welcoming Curtis Zackery, author of Soul Rest, to dive into the topic of rest, why we resist resting so much, and how to enjoy a Sabbath. We hope this episode is a support in helping you prioritize rest this summer!

Guest Bio

Curtis Zackery, also known as CZ, is the author of Soul Rest and Finding Soul Rest. Over the last 20 years, he has served in various ministry and leadership roles including church planting, pastoring, and speaking on rest. His desire is to invite people into the story of God. Curtis lives in Tennessee with his wife, Monique, and two sons, Noah and Micah. In his spare time, Curtis likes to explore coffee and food spots, read, and is a fan of the TV show Jeopardy!

Key Takeaways

  • “So many of us recognize there is a part of who we are that feels like it is never truly settled if we don’t pay attention to what is happening in our inner self.”
  • We often think of “rest” and “laziness” as the same thing. Prioritizing rest does not mean that you don’t value work.
  • When we don’t practice rest, what we’re actually saying is that God can’t do His work without our help.
  • If we are not careful, we will define our worth by what we do or don’t produce.
  • You can even start by taking 5 minutes to rest in a day, so that you start developing Sabbath rhythms that are sustainable.
  • “The point of the Sabbath is that six days I do work that I can do with my hands, so that on the seventh day I stop and remember a work that can only be done by the hand of God.”
  • Our soul needs nourishment that comes from God alone.
  • Your Sabbath practice should have three characteristics: intentional, substantial, and sustainable.

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