Keep your eyes on Him
In the year 423, Simeon Stylites the Elder climbed on a pillar in Syria and remained there until his death 37 years later. Antony realized that was the very thing his heart was aching to do. He wanted to possess nothing in this world except Jesus. When he had given away everything he owned, Antony visited various holy men to gain wisdom about the spiritual life. He eventually settled down in a solitary place in the desert where he lived until he was nearly 100 years old. He prayed constantly, worked with his hands, read the Bible, and gave to any poor person who visited him. Antony is remembered as a man whose one desire was to know and love God. Other early Christians went to similar extremes.