Lynsi Snyder, president of In-N-Out Burger, opened up in a recent “I Am Second Video,” sharing how the void from losing her father at a young age led her on a problematic path with the men in her life — a path that eventually led her back to God.
Snyder, the granddaughter of In-N-Out founders Harry and Esther Snyder who has been described as both “reclusive” and “mysterious” due to her penchant for not speaking too openly with the press, has always had family wealth — and is slated to be one of the richest women in America when she turns 35 this year and inherits the remaining 50 percent of the company’s shares.
But it’s her faith that is most important to the young heiress. In her touching “I Am Second” video, Snyder opened up about her father’s prescription drug addiction and his death. After he died, she said she found herself trying to replace the relationship they had, proclaiming, “I really started longing for that attention and that love, because my dad was the greatest source of that.”
It was a longing and void that left her fearful of being alone and that brought her through three failed marriages, with Synder saying she hit her lowest point during her third marriage.
“The enemy just wanted to wipe me out,” she said. “It was the worst time of my life.”
Snyder, who found herself in a miserable position during that latter marriage, recalled feeling as though she deserved the pain she was experiencing, as she described mistreatment and disdain unlike anything she had experienced. But, fearing yet another divorce, she carried on in the relationship.
“I started to believe the lies that I deserved that and that God’s punishing me,” she said, noting, though, that she soon learned a powerful lesson. “God took me to a place that I had never been before and he showed me that in that time when I felt more alone than ever, more of a piece of trash than ever, more of a failure — that he was ready to love me and fill that void.”
She eventually divorced and learned to let go of her need for a tangible person, instead finding her identity in God; Snyder set her life in order and later remarried.
Watch her share her incredible story below:
Also, as a bonus: If you didn’t know, In-N-Out burger wrappers and cups have Bible verses printed on them, so it’s clear faith is an important company value. True story.
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