The Parable of the Sower, in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, usually gets read one way. You want to be the good soil because that is what we are suppose to be. However, there is another angle to this. How we are as Christians affects how others see what it means to be a Christian. This shouldn't be used as an excuse to appear like everything is perfect, but it should be a reminder to strive and in that way assist others in striving.