I think this was a line from the movie "Remember the Titans".
Popped in my head this week in some thinking on leadership.
The idea behind this is that the people you lead will be positive or negative in their attitudes and actions based on how, where and why you lead. So if you lead them in the wilderness for an extended period when they desperately wanted to be led to the Promised Land, the negativity may be fierce.
But the inversion of this might be just as true and just as helpful.
Leadership Reflects Attitude.
If the people are a stubborn, stiff-necked, resistant people, who resist change, squelch faith and grumble about their church more than they pray for their church, then Leadership will be exhausted trying to constantly battle this.
Joshua 1 is a good model of leadership.
The Leader (Joshua) is called and anointed by God to take over for Moses as leader of Israel. He then casts the vision God has given him to the people, standing on the shoulders of those who led before him, and then the people affirm him and follow him.
Appointed Leaders cast Anointed Visions and are followed by A Committed people.
Attitude check...you spend more time focused on 'back in Egypt' or more time looking to the future with potential and promise?