In my prep for lough derg I am doing a novena to St. John the Baptist, I started off with a long winded prayer and ended up changing it to " that He may increase and I may decrease". This led me into thinking of ways I could decrease, and in prayer I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to accepting everything the lord allows. The verse about the seed falling to the ground and dying came to mind. I need to die to myself if I am to bear worthy fruit. And also the offering of sacrifices has a two-fold effect, it appeases the heart of God and helps us to decrease so that He may increase in us.