To the outside world, Lynsi Snyder has it all.
At just 36 years old, she’s the owner and president of the iconic West Coast chain In-N-Out Burger and has a staggering net worth of $3 billion, making her one of the youngest billionaires in the U.S. Snyder is also beloved by her employees: She’s the fourth-highest-rated CEO of 2018 on Glassdoor and has a 96% approval rating.
But Snyder’s journey hasn’t exactly been picture-perfect; in fact, it’s been sprinkled with loss, pain, and suffering. After the untimely death of her father when she was a teenager, Snyder turned to drugs and alcohol to fill the void. What followed were three dysfunctional and abusive marriages, all of which ended in divorce.
In the depths of her devastation, Snyder came to a life-changing realization: “I finally found that the deep need in my heart can only be filled by Jesus and my identity in Him,” she told The Christian Post.
Instead of allowing tragic circumstances to define her future, Snyder decided to surrender her life to Christ and dedicate her time, energy, and talent to glorify Him.
“I have learned so much through my broken relationships along with the ups and downs that come through marriage,” she said. “I’ve been the one to hurt, and I’ve been hurt. I have gained insight and growth through both sides of the coin.”
“Prior to the journey of marriage, it’s so important to seek time and healing with Jesus,” she stressed. “Even if you are blessed to be healed of personal wounds and past relationship baggage, life will still bring hurdles and trials to overcome in your relationship.”
Today, Snyder incorporates the biblical principles of trust, care, coaching and excellence into her role as owner of In-N-Out, founded by her grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder, in 1948. She told CP that she strives to “maintain we’ve started with: Not compromising the quality of product, service, or standards.”
“My grandparents set the bar high and I only try to raise it,” she said.
Snyder is also a proponent of servant leadership, a principle the heiress said she’s been “pushing for years now.”
“It was tough in the beginning, but now people see the benefits and feel the love,” she said. “All families have their issues and we aren’t perfect, but we try really hard and there are so many good-hearted people here. I love my job.”
The Christian roots of In-N-Out Burger are also evident in other not-so-subtle ways: Printed on the company’s soda cup is John 3:16, which reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett