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A Journey of Faith and Financial Wisdom

By Steve Gaito

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Amidst life’s unpredictable waves, I encountered a storm that tested both my physical heart and the essence of my spiritual resilience. This experience, while deeply personal, unfolds a narrative far beyond the confines of a hospital room—it mirrors the journey many of us face as we approach the horizon of retirement. My story began on an ordinary evening, underpinned by an uneasy feeling that something was amiss within me. This intuition, a whisper of the Holy Spirit, propelled me towards seeking medical help, despite a seemingly benign wellness facade.

As my wife, driven by a shared concern and faith, escorted me to the emergency room, little did we know that this step was the beginning of a revelation. The subsequent tests, referrals, and the quiet anticipation of a heart procedure became a crucible, not only for my physical endurance but for my faith. The calm and assurance that enveloped me, even as the procedure uncovered hidden dangers within my arteries, was a testament to the peace that surpasses all understanding—a peace granted by God in moments of vulnerability.

This ordeal, while centered on my health, unfolded a parallel that extended into the realm of retirement planning. Just as unseen blockages threatened my physical heart, unanticipated risks loom over our financial futures. Market fluctuations, taxes, inflation, and health emergencies are akin to the silent ailments of the heart, often unnoticed until they precipitate a crisis.

The resolution, I found, mirrors the approach taken by the medical team that tended to me. Just as heart catheterization revealed the hidden perils within, a retirement stress test illuminates the obscured risks in our financial plans. This process, akin to a diagnostic examination of our financial health, allows us to identify and mitigate potential threats before they manifest into crises.

In the quiet moments before my procedure, as dawn whispered promises of a new day, I found solace in prayer and reflection. The presence of a medical professional who shared my faith, and sought divine guidance before undertaking the task, reinforced the profound connection between our spiritual lives and worldly endeavors. It was a powerful reminder that in every facet of life, including retirement planning, our faith can guide us, offer comfort, and provide wisdom.

The journey through my health scare underscored a pivotal lesson: just as we trust in God to navigate the uncertainties of life, we must also exercise prudence and foresight in planning for our future. Our financial well-being, much like our physical health, requires vigilance, wisdom, and, occasionally, intervention to mitigate risks that could otherwise undermine our security and peace of mind.

As we stand at the crossroads of faith and financial planning, let us seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to illuminate the path forward, ensuring that our retirement plans are not only robust and resilient but also aligned with the values and convictions of our faith. Let this journey of mine serve as an invitation to explore the depth of your retirement planning, to uncover and address the unseen risks, and to do so with the assurance that comes from a steadfast faith in God’s providence and grace.

For those who feel called to reassess the foundations of their retirement plans, I offer a pathway to peace of mind through a complimentary retirement score assessment. This tool, designed with both wisdom and faith in mind, aims to reveal the hidden strengths and vulnerabilities within your financial strategies. To embark on this journey towards a secure and faith-aligned retirement, please reach out to my office. Together, let us forge a future that is not only financially secure but spiritually enriched, guided by the unwavering light of our faith.


Steve is the owner of Faith-Based Health Care and Retirement Resource Management. He is a National Speaker on the topic of Social Security optimization, quoted in national publications like Money Magazine, US News and World Reports, and Fox Business. Steve loves to educate and teach on financial topics like taxation of retirement accounts, long term care, healthcare, and efficient savings plans for small businesses. He has provided financial planning for missionaries through the International Mission Board. You can find Steve at 68 South Main St. in Marion, NC by calling 828-559-0299, email or visit his website at

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