- your heart (levavecha)
- your soul (nafshecha)
- your might (me'odecha)
These indicate 3 types types of giving:
- heart = honor
- soul = body
- might = money
He notes that some people give easily of their body, but not of their material possessions, and vice-versa.
For example, some people easily assist you in, say, carrying home your groceries or watching your children for a couple of hours (giving of their body), but find it difficult to loan possessions or give tzedakah.
Others are very generous with their money or loaning you possessions, but find it difficult to do physical tasks of chessed.
And yes, others need kavod. They'll happily give of their time, energy, money, and possessions, but they need to be asked in just the right way & thanked copiously too (and they also tend to let everyone know about all the chessed & tzedakah they do).
Or they have their ideas of what they find demeaning (even if it's not actually demeaning), and refuse to do even necessary beneficial acts that they imagine impinge on their honor.
And some acts of love do demean people, at least externally or culturally, but a truly humble & loving person would still do it.
Rabbeinu Bachya quotes Chazal as saying that all the above means you need to give to Hashem of the following:
- your heart = your yetzer hara & your yetzer hatov
- your soul = your physical life (to give up one's life when Hashem deems it necessary)
- your might = your physical possessions
Reviewing the above definitions, how can you use them to show Hashem your love for Him?
Write down or speak aloud at least 1 way to show your love for Hashem for each of the following:
YOUR HEART (levavecha)
- How can you use your yetzer hara in service of love for Hashem?
- How can you use your yetzer hatov in service of love for Hashem?
- How can you use your honor in service of love for Hashem?
YOUR SOUL (nafshecha)
- How can you use your physical action, your body to show your love for Hashem?
YOUR MIGHT (me'odecha)
- How can you use your money and material possessions to show your love for Hashem?
See if you can incorporate your answers practically into your life.